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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Estate Malbec

SKU 956896
Country Argentina
Region Salta
Type Red
Varietal Blend - Malbec, Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah
Listing Speculative
Case Config. 6x750ml
Available In BC AB SK MB

Colour

Deep, dark red with a magenta hue.

Aroma

This wine is layered on the nose with blackberry, licorice, violet, bitter chocolate and spices.

Flavour

The flavours are rich with layered fig paste, plums, cassis and blackberry fruit. Subtle French oak flavours are well balanced and fully integrated through the mid-palate and well into the finish, which is long and round.

Food Pairing

Pairs well with steak, cassoulet, duck, venison and other hearty fare.

More Info

The Colome Malbec is produced mainly from pre-phylloxera vines planted in 1854. Bodega Colome vineyards are bio-dynamically and sustainably farmed at an altitude of 5,500 to 8,500 feet and are believed to be the highest vineyards in the world. The sandy and alluvial soils yield small crops and produce deeply colored and concentrated wines which capture the should of this distinct terroir.

94 pts

Tim Atkin MW Best of Argentina Report 2020

2018 -

93 pts

James Suckling, Apr/2020

2018 -

"Lots of concentration here. This is packed with dense, ripe black cherries, damsons and iodine. Floral and spicy accents, too. Full-bodied, very big and dense with a tannin structure of grandeur. Yet, there’s no lack of mid-palate detail. Lay it down in your cellar. Better after 2023."

91 pts

Decanter World Wine Awards 2020

2018 -

"Elegant nose of pure plums, dried tomato, paprika and damson. Quite dense with well-integrated oak, ripe fine-grained tannins."

92 pts

Decanter World Wine Awards 2019

2017 -

"Another good example of the fresh Salta style, with a lot of dark fruit and elevated concentration, but also firm tannins and refreshing acidity. Finishes lengthily with a flash of spice and graphite."

92 pts

Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Sept/2019

2017 -

"Bright, dark medium ruby. Lively aromas and flavors of crushed blackberry, licorice, bitter chocolate and mocha. Densely packed, fine-grained and savory, with its ripe, creamy flavors complicated by a wild gamey quality. As rich, concentrated and deep as this wine is, it's not over the top. This outstanding Malbec finishes ripely tannic and long, with compelling sweetness of fruit. (14.9% alcohol; this wine represents a blend of vineyards and altitudes in Calchaqui Valley; aged for 15 months in a mix of one- to ten-year-old French barriques)"

91 pts

James Suckling, Mar/2018

2017 -

“Full of citrus and peach this is a delicious wine that has stacks of fruit. Very fresh acidity and no sharp edges. Mineral finish. Drink now. Screw cap.”

91 pts

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Oct/2019

2017 -

"The 2017 Estate Malbec was quite primary and young, with the high-altitude intensity of color, aromas and flavors. It's ripe (14.9% alcohol) but nicely balanced, with varietal aromas (violets, raspberries) and integrated oak aromas and flavors. A showy Estate Malbec, a good representation of what the grape can deliver in the high-altitude vineyards of Salta."

90 pts

Wine Spectator, Dec/2019

2017 -

"The burnished dried red currant, roasted plum and roast beef flavors show a savory essence. Taut midpalate, with a finish that offers bracing minerality. Drink now through 2024. 22,600 cases made, 15,000 cases imported."

92 pts

James Suckling, Apr/2018

2016 -

"Brimming with blueberry, violet and bitter chocolate notes, this is an extravagant yet very fresh and well-structured expression of Salta malbec. If you can give it until 2020, then the bold, dry tannins will soften and may make it more elegant."

91 pts

Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, Jun/2018

2016 -

 “The 2016 Malbec Estate is a blend of grapes from their four terroirs at 1,750, 2,300, 2,700 and 3,111 meters in altitude. It fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for 18 months in French oak barrels, 10% of them new. All Salta wines have intensity and ripeness, and this is no exception. But the challenge is to find elegance and balance, which this one does nicely within its XL style. It is dark and heady yet harmonious. 180,000 bottles produced.”

90 pts

Decanter World Wine Awards 2018

2016 -

"Beautifully lifted violets, with opulent sweet ripe black fruits, firm, juicy tannins and a lovely toasted oak character."

90 pts

Antonio Galloni’s Vinous, Jul/2018

2016 -

"Bright full ruby. Aromas of black cherry, dark raspberry and licorice, plus oak notes of mocha, espresso and chocolate. Densely packed and chewy if bit less complex and deep than the 2016 Autentico, with black cherry and chocolate flavors dominating. Here the tannins are more apparent as there’s a bit less buffering material."

90 pts

Decanter, Oct/2018

2016 -

"Intense black fruit, with lovely herbal aromas. The palate is well balanced, with noticeable but ripe tannins. A long and persistent finish. Patricio Tapia: This wine has a generous layer of red fruits, that are both refreshing and deep. Great value to be found here. Drinking Window 2018 - 2020"

92 pts

Wine Spectator, Dec/2017

2015 -

#18 Top 100 Wines of 2017    "Refined and rich-tasting, with effusive minerality to the red berry and cherry flavors, lathered with plenty of creamy accents. Pepper and cigar box notes show on the long and complex finish. Drink now through 2022. 27,300 cases made."

91 pts

Gismondi on Wine, May/2018

2015 -

"Colome has been making wine in the Upper Calchaqui Valley, Salta since 1831. Growing sustainably farmed malbec in a desert at high elevation is no easy task, but they seem to do it with ease. The 2015 is one hundred percent malbec aged in French oak, of which only 20 percent is new. The fruit is precise and chiselled with blackberries, cherries and blackcurrants and an attractive strong mineral floral undercurrent. Seriously excellent value and a perfect match for a T-bone. The flagship house wine is a mix of four estate vineyards: La Brava Vineyard (1700m) is known for intense ripe fruit; The Colome Vineyard (2300m) adds complexity and weight; The El Arenal Vineyard (2700m) is all about freshness and elegance; while the Altura Maxima at a stunning 3100m (the highest vineyard in the world) adds the floral and mineral notes."

92 pts

Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Jul/2017

2014 -

"(14.9% alcohol; from vineyards at 1,700, 2,300, 2,700 and 3,100 meters above sea level): Bright medium ruby. Deep aromas of black cherry, blackcurrant, espresso, minerals and bitter chocolate complicated by a whiff of nutty oak. Silky, glossy and pliant wine but not fat or over the top. There's a captivating medicinal reserve and restrained sweetness to the black fruit and menthol flavors. A step up on the 2013 release in energy and shape--and not gamey! This lovely, juicy midweight has a texture more like a Bordeaux than an Argentine Malbec, but then it's from very high-altitude vineyards. Finishes with suave tannins and noteworthy lift."

91 pts

Gismondi On Wine, Sept/2017

2014 -

"Colomé has been making wine in the Upper Calchaqui Valley, Salta since 1831. Growing sustainably farmed malbec in a high elevation desert is no easy task. The flagship house wine is a mix of four estate vineyards: La Brava Vineyard (1700m) is known for intense ripe fruit. The Colomé Vineyard (2300m) adds complexity and weight. The El Arenal Vineyard (2700m) is all about freshness and elegance while the Altura Máxima at a stunning 3100m (the highest vineyard in the world) adds the floral and mineral notes. The blend itself is an 85/15 mix of malbec with tannat, cabernet sauvignon and petite verdot aged in French oak, of which only 20 percent is new. Precise, clean, bright, with blackberries, cherries, blackcurrants and raspberries. All of it is checked by a strong mineral floral undercurrent. How good is this wine? Good enough to not be sold in government stores. A T-bone steak is the match.”

92 pts

Wine Spectator, Nov/2017

2014 -

"Offers zesty flavors redolent of kirsch, raspberry ganache, red currant and crushed red plum, with concentrated minerality midpalate."

 

91 pts

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/2016

2014 -

"The 2014 Malbec Estate is a blend of grapes from the four zones and altitudes, 1,800, 2,300 and 2,600 meters and some 5% of grapes from the Altura Maxima vineyard at 3,111 meters. It fermented with indigenous yeasts, underwent malolactic in barrel and 18 months elevage in a combination of used and newer barrels. Winemaker Thibaut Delmotte thinks 2014 is, together with 2008, the most balanced harvest he has seen since he arrived there in 2005. These wines are always very dark colored, almost opaque, and this has a complex nose because it gets different characteristics from the grapes harvested at different altitudes the lower ones provide body, and the higher ones add elegance, freshness and minerality. It's heady and aromatic mixing morello cherries with decayed violets, a touch of tar and smoke and some spices. The palate is soft, with very round tannins and juicy flavors, terribly engaging. It has a very tasty, umami-driven finish. Drink this at 15 degrees Celsius. 240,000 bottles produced."

90 pts

Decanter World Wine Awards 2017

2014 -

 “Intense aromas of blueberries, dark cherries, blackberries and violets. The palate is juicy with round tannins and a soft texture. Quite long and opulent.”

 

93 pts

Sara d'Amato, Wine Align, Jan/2017

2013 -

“It is a good thing that Colomé can come to you because at over 3,000 meters in altitude in the arid northern region of Salta in Argentina, a visit is a full day trek from the base camp of Cafayate. A dry, savory malbec with tannins that are wonderfully ripe – still offering grip on the palate but are they are not drying or astringent. At this altitude, the level of UV is apt to produce deep colour in grapes as the skins thicken to protect the grapes. Rich and luxurious, this malbec offers acidity and texture to balance the opulence. It is still well-defined with a lightly earthy character along with a touch of iron and graphite to the sophisticated and complex palate. Dynamic with excellent length. Drink now and decant or hold to 2025. Tasted January 2016.”

90 pts

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Aug/2015

2013 -

"The 2013 Malbec Estate has a similar blend of Malbec for the three zones and altitudes (1,700, 2,300 and 2,600 meters) with wines with higher acidity and a stronger tannic structure. It was bottled after 15 months in barrel (15% new), and the oak is nicely integrated. The nose might be a bit shy; there are subtle herbs, wild berries and some spices. Today I give the edge to the 2012 where I see more complexity and depth, even though this 2013 drinks very easily with its freshness. One for the table. 180,000 bottles were produced, a slightly shorter vintage from a cooler year where the selection in the blend was a little stricter."