Malbec [mall-beck]

Definition: The same red grape as Cot, Cahors or Auxerrois in Cahors; the Cot in the Loire Valley; and the Pressac in St.-Emillion.

Grown primarily in: Argentina, Australia, France, Italy and United States

Best Climate: Warm to Hot

Winemaking: Usually used in blends with cabernet sauvignon. In the Loire it's blended with tannat. Produced the same way as cabernet sauvignon. Benefits from some oak aging.

Nose: Red and black fruits, earthy, truffles, dark chocolate..

Mouth: Full body, medium tannins, has texture.

Note: Known as the "Black Wine" due to its deep color. Accounts for 2/3 of Argentina's red wines.

Your Guide to the Varietal Grape

Varietal Facts

Select any varietal on the list below to learn the facts!

Barbera Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay
Gamay Gamay Beaujolais
Gerwurztraminer Malbec
Merlot Nebbiolo
Petite Sirah Petite Verdot
Pinot Blanc Pinot Meunier
Pinot Noir Riesling
Sauvignon Blanc Sangiovese
Semillon Syrah
Viognier Zinfandel