True, Malbec is grown in Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley, but it's usually blended a la Bordelaise as part of a Meritage concoction.
Most commonly, winemakers blend Merlot with other Bordeaux grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Carménère.
There are minor plantings of Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Grenache, and Syrah, as well, to add depth and balance to many of their varietals.
Although Malbec is missing, the remaining royalty of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot are all present and accounted for in this Bordeaux-style red wine.
Malbec is one of the most widely grown grapes in Argentina, but many grow this grape in many other areas, including certain portions of the United States.
Although its tannic structure is generally stronger than Merlot, Malbec wine shares many of the characteristics of Merlot (such as the fruity, plum flavor).
Bordeaux style wines can be made anywhere in the world, and contain single grapes or blends of red wine grapes such as: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Malbec and Carmenere.
When I think of Malbec, I usually think of something from Mendoza, Argentina, perhaps some luscious bottle of dark red from Bodegas Catena.
Perhaps the most well-known of all of France's wine regions, Bordeaux produces Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blends with other grapes added including Petite Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Carmenère, and Malbec.
The principal vines grown in the Medoc are the Cabernet-Sauvignon, which is the most important, the Gros Cabernet, the Merlot, the Carmenere, the Malbec, and the Verdot.