Salta, Argentina

Bodegas Colomé and Amalaya are located in Argentina’s Northern province of Salta. With the majestic backdrop of the Andes, Colomé is one Argentina’s oldest working wineries (1831) and boasts the world’s highest vineyards with altitudes of nearly 3048 metres (10,000 feet). Malbec and Torrontes flourish in the sustainably-farmed vineyards.

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Autentico Malbec

SKU 474106
Country Argentina
Region Salta
Type Red
Varietal Malbec
Listing Speculative
Case Config. 6x750ml
Available In BC AB

Colour

Almost black, with violet tones.

Aroma

Black fruit aromas outstand together with cherries and white mulberry. Figs and an elegant spiciness with a mineral touch.

Flavour

A crispy acidity. Robust with great concentration. An explosion of fruit full of ripe tannins, harmonic and balanced.

Food Pairing

Best paired with osso bucco, lamb, strong cheeses and other hearty fare.

More Info

This is a 100% Malbec wine made from grapes which are harvested only in their vineyards at above 2,300 metres above sea level. Colome Autentico is produced using ancient techniques such as pigeage (punch down). They do not add commercial yeasts or lactic bacteria which may speed or result in fermentation. It has no oak influence and it is bottled without filtration.

95 pts

Tim Atkin MW Best of Argentina Report 2020

2019 -

95 pts

Decanter World Wine Awards 2020

2019 -

“High toned fruit on the nose with notes of ripe blueberry and bramble over meaty and savoury undertones. Fleshy on palate with interesting and appealing meaty character.”

92 pts

James Suckling, Apr/2020

2019 -

"This is a big, concentrated, blackstrap and purple-colored sort of wine. Full-bodied and chewy. This is a little overdone, but it shows lots of character and intensity. Give it two or three years to soften and show more complexity. Better after 2022."

 

Mundus Vini 2020

2019 -

Gold Medal

93 pts

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate Oct/2019

2018 -

"The raw and primary 2018 Autentico Malbec shows the wilderness of the northern vineyards, dark, concentrated, juicy and full of wild herbs, flower and berry aromas, really showy and impressive. This is a pure expression of the grape following the Davalos (previous owners of Colome) tradition of unoaked wines. This matured in tank for ten months and a further ten months in bottle. I love this wine. 67,000 bottles produced."

93 pts

Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Sept/2019

2018 -

"Bright ruby. Pungent, high-toned aromas of blackberry, minerals and licorice. Thick and mouthfilling but leavened by terrific penetrating acidity. The dark berry, wild herb, licorice and chalky mineral flavors are complemented by a chocolatey ripeness. Sweet, plush tannins saturate the entire palate, with the finish displaying explosive length. Very strong, very pure and very smooth; expressive and unique. The Davalos family, owners of Bodega Tacuil, also owned Colome before selling the property to Donald Hess in 2001. (this wine, made without any oak contact, represents a tribute to the old RD bottling of Bodega Tacuil)"

93 pts

Decanter Magazine, Aug/2019

2018 -

"Lifted, enticing fruits with an aerial weave that Mendoza would find hard to match. Unoaked and early bottled: pure, fresh, lifted, deep and sumptuous. Some tannins add real dignity, but not the palate weight you'll find in many ambitious wines from Mendoza. A very fine effort."

92 pts

Wine Spectator, Nov/2019

2018 -

"Offers a fine-grained texture, with precise red fruit and spice flavors that are well-structured and pure-tasting. The minerally finish features some peppery notes and plenty of verve. Drink now through 2025. 7,500 cases made, 3,000 cases imported. From Argentina."

92 pts

Wine Spectator, Dec 2019

2018 -

"Offers a fine-grained texture, with precise red fruit and spice flavors that are well-structured and pure-tasting. The minerally finish features some peppery notes and plenty of verve. Drink now through 2025. 7,500 cases made, 3,000 cases imported."

94 pts

Tim Atkin Master of Wine 2018 Report: Best of Argentina

2017 -

92 pts

James Suckling, Apr/2018

2017 -

"Very dark in color. The nose offers up violet extract, very intense blackberry reduction and lots of creme de cassis. The palate is full-bodied but the fruit isn’t as dense as you might expect from the nose. Fresh and very well framed by a firm tannin backbone. Drink know."

92 pts

Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, Jun/2018

2017 -

"The one unoaked Malbec here, the 2017 Autentico Malbec pays homage to the wines of the previous owners, the Davalos family. It represents the pure ripe fruit and is juicy, raw and wild, full of berries, herbs and wild flowers. It’s juicy and floral, with soft tannins and texture. 90,000 bottles."

92 pts

Antonio Galloni’s Vinous, Jul/2018

2017 -

"(from 100+-year-old vines planted at an altitude of 2,300 meters): Bright medium ruby. Deep aromas and flavors of blackberry, black cherry, licorice and smoky, flinty minerality convey a touch of youthful reduction. Densely packed and quite primary; sweet and thick but shapely and alive. The serious, thoroughly ripe tannins spread out horizontally to saturate the tongue and palate. This very long, deep wine already boasts compelling sweetness but should be even better in another couple years. For all its texture and depth, this stunning value boasts a weightless quality."

89 pts

Decanter World Wine Awards 2018

2017 -

"Packed with ripe fruit, with a touch of sweetness, full-bodied and bold with warming oak running throughout."

92+ pts

Antonio Galloni’s Vinous, Jul/2018

2016 -

(from 100+-year-old vines planted at 2,300 meters; made without oak): Saturated bright ruby. Pungent, pure, primary aromas of candied blackberry, black cherry, cassis, bitter chocolate and spices; conveys a superripe, even slightly figgy hint of thick, sun-drenched skins without loss of focus. Just as backward on the palate, with its kirsch, cassis and dark chocolate flavors complicated by violet and mineral components; shows increasing creaminess and depth with time in the glass without losing its penetrating quality. Finishes with firm tongue-dusting, well-buffered tannins and slowly mounting length. Some outstanding 2016 reds were made a world away in Uco Valley, but very few of them can match this classically dry Salta wine for texture. I give this an edge over its 2015 sibling for its more obvious definition and stronger impression of acidity. I love the "rawness" of this wine and its purity and complexity."

91 pts

Wine Spectator, Dec/2017

2016 -

"This is loaded with vibrant raspberry and red plum flavors that are fringed by rich leafy and cedary notes. Slate and white pepper details flood the finely textured finish. Drink now through 2021. 5,350 cases made."

90 pts

Gismondi on Wine, May/2018

2016 -

"Bodega Colome was founded in 1831, the oldest working winery in Argentina allowing European vines including malbec to arrive in the country long before phylloxera wiped out most of the northern hemisphere's grapevines in late 1800s. As a result, some of the world's oldest malbec vines reside in Argentina and many are at the Colome Estate Vineyard in Salta. “Autentico” is a tribute to the pioneers who planted the vines back in the 1830s and reference to the sustainable practices used in this high desert environment. The wine today is made with average 90 year-old-vines with no oak influence to allow the 100-percent malbec grown at 7,545 feet to express its unique terroir. The wine is always intense, thanks to the thick skins that protect the fruit from the endless sunshine. Cold nighttime temperatures preserve the fruit and acid and add an alluring floral note to what is a stony, mineral red, laden with pure black fruits. It’s hard not to like this wine that has dealt with a challenging vintage. It's the answer for just about any favourite beef cut."

93 pts

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/2016

2015 -

"The unoaked 2015 Autentico Malbec is a homage to the Colome of yesteryear produced by the Avalos family, the previous owners of Colome. It's sourced from old Malbec vines, fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for some ten months in vat, including malolactic. Mr. Avalos hates oak and never allowed any barrique in his cellar, and this wine is a tribute to his work. They are also harvesting a little earlier, looking for freshness. This is juicy and floral, with good ripeness and soft tannins with a soft texture and very good balance. This is a blend of fruit from older parral vineyards and some higher altitude vines planted at El Arenal at some 2,600 meters. They have now identified which vineyards work better for this wine, which shows the naked character of the place without the possibility to use any makeup. Authentic! 48,000 bottles produced."

91 pts

Wine Spectator, Jun/2017

2015 -

"Juicy, powerful and pure-tasting, with brambly accents to the raspberry tart, dried blueberry and dark plum flavors, supported by fresh acidity and firm tannins. Drink now through 2022. 4,000 cases made."

92 pts

Wine Spectator, May/2016

2014 -

#64 Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2016 "Fresh, rich and juicy, with lively raspberry, cherry and red plum flavors backed by fresh, crunchy acidity. Lengthens out nicely midpalate, showing mineral and pepper accents. Hints of slate and tangerine emerge on the complex finish. Drink now through 2020. 3,500 cases made."