Also known as: Malbec, Malbeck, Auxerrois (unrelated to Auxerrois Blanc) and Cot.
Characteristics: Intense inky color, varies from medium to full bodied, rustic, potent, rich, and earthy. May present with hints of dark chocolate, plum, anise, blackberry, and smoke. Soft with high tannins.
Ageing: Argentina Malbecs benefit from some oak ageing. Bordeaux, France Malbecs are short lived.
Serving temperature: Serve at a temperature of 64º-68º F.
Food pairings: Red meat, cajun cuisine, calzone, cannelloni with meat, poultry, vegetable couscous, steak creole, Greek cuisine, deviled eggs, hummus, Indian cuisine, leg of lamb, Mexican cuisine with meat and chicken, Pâté, pizza, potato salad, spinach soufflé, and pasta.