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Country of Origin: France
Region of Origin: Bordeaux
Typical Product: Red
Structure: Medium
Climate: Warm
Soil Type: limestone
Serving Temp: 57 - 61F
Ageability: 3 to 7
Blends: Bordeaux
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Other Names*:


Malbec, also known as C├?┬┤t, is believed to have originated in Cahors, east of Bordeaux and is thought to date back to Roman times.  When it traveled to Bordeaux is unknown but its now classified as one of the six primary grapes used to produce the eponymous blends of that region.

Malbec has become one of the most widely used red wine grapes with significant plantings through out the US, South American, Australia and South Africa.  It's become so well known as a single varietal, especially in Argentina where they have unofficially adopted it as their national wine, that many forget that it's still one of the primary Bordeaux blend grapes.

Malbec requires more heat than most of the other Bordeaux wine grapes and is ready for harvest before either of the Cabs of Bordeaux.  It prefers well-irrigated soil but is prone to overproducing with frequent watering so pruning and dropping young fruit is necessary to intensify the flavors.  It is extremely sensitive to frost and mildew damage so it should be planted where there is sufficient heat to ripen the fruit well before any onset of frost.  Its most characteristic style is produced in limestone soils that are well drained.

The grapes are relatively small, dark and thin-skinned and will mature early in heat.  Clusters are tight which can lead to poor airflow and potential problems with rot or mildew in cooler, humid areas.

Malbec is a very flexible varietal with winemakers able to produce softer, low tannin wines as well as the big inky reds that are as rich as any other Bordeaux style.  Heartier Malbecs benefit from oak and a minimum of 12 months is recommended for one of the bigger styles.
* used in California

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Name Vintage Year Price Tasting Comments
Cuda Ridge
2011  $29.00   
Fenestra Winery
2009  $21.00  Silvaspoons Vineyards 
Eckert Estate Winery
2006  $18.00   
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