One of the traditional "Bordeaux varietals", Malbec has characteristics that fall somewhere between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. A midseason ripener, it can bring very deep color, ample tannin, and a particular plum-like flavor component to add complexity to claret blends. Malbec grapes were found when rationalization of the vineyard began and the grapes where separated into varieties according to their wine making possibilities.
Until then, it was used to make mixes with Cabernet Sauvignon or some other varieties because it made exceptional quality wines, with a highly original profile. The truth is that Malbec found Argentina's soils to be ecologically perfect for its development.
Nowadays, there are almost ten thousand hectares of Malbec vineyards along the Argentinean territory. Moreover, the wines produced in the departments of Lujan de Cuyo, Agrelo, and San Rafael, Mendoza make the most of this variety, constituting the spine of Appellation d'origine of the region. However, this doesn't mean that in other regions, high quality Malbec wines can't be found.