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Colomé Altura Máxima Malbec

Calchaqui Valley, Salta

Passion, persistence and ruthless determination led Donald Hess to plant one of the most elevated vineyards in the world at 3,111 masl (10,200 ft) in Salta, Argentina. Our icon wine is the highest expression of a Malbec grown in extreme terroir. With the Andes as the backdrop and close to the borders of Bolivia and Chile, the Salta region of Argentina is less accessible than better know wine regions in the country - some have called the area “impenetrable”. The true expression of terroir in this Malbec comes from the extreme altitude at which the vineyard sites, it receives much more sun, much less UV protection, producing thicker skinned grapes that deliver a more robust mouthfeel supported by fresh acidity. Since 2005, Winemaker Thibaut Delmotte has crafted wines of distinction and international acclaim for Bodega Colomé while staying true his French origins.

Tasting Notes

The true expression of terroir in this Malbec comes from the extreme altitude at which the vineyard sites, it receives much more sun, much less UV protection, producing thicker skinned grapes that deliver a more robust mouthfeel supported by fresh acidity.

TONS HARVESTED: 10 tons TIME IN BARREL: 24 months in 3° & 4° use French Oak Barrels PRODUCTION: 28 barricas WINEMAKER: Thibaut Delmotte

VARIETY: 100% Malbec ALCOHOL: 15.5% PH: 3.6 ACIDITY: 6,1 g/l SUGAR: 2 g/l

VARIETAL DESIGNATION: Altura Máxima Estate Vineyard ALTITUDE: 3111m (10200ft) VITICURAL AREA: Calchaquí Valleys, Salta, Argentina SOIL TYPE: Calcareous and Granite TOTAL PLANTINGS: 23h (56ac) , sustainably farmed YEAR PLANTED: 2007 HARVEST DATE: April 2016

Passion, persistence and ruthless determination led Donald Hess to plant one of the most elevated vineyards in the world at 3,111 masl (10,200 ft) in Salta, Argentina. Our icon wine is the highest expression of a Malbec grown in extreme terroir. With the Andes as the backdrop and close to the borders of Bolivia and Chile, the Salta region of Argentina is less accessible than better know wine regions in the country - some have called the area “impenetrable”. The true expression of terroir in this Malbec comes from the extreme altitude at which the vineyard sites, it receives much more sun, much less UV protection, producing thicker skinned grapes that deliver a more robust mouthfeel supported by fresh acidity. Since 2005, Winemaker Thibaut Delmotte has crafted wines of distinction and international acclaim for Bodega Colomé while staying true his French origins.

Tasting Notes

The true expression of terroir in this Malbec comes from the extreme altitude at which the vineyard sites, it receives much more sun, much less UV protection, producing thicker skinned grapes that deliver a more robust mouthfeel supported by fresh acidity.

TONS HARVESTED: 10 tons TIME IN BARREL: 24 months in 3° & 4° use French Oak Barrels PRODUCTION: 27 barricas WINEMAKER: Thibaut Delmotte

VARIETY: 100% Malbec ALCOHOL: 14.9% PH: 3.6 ACIDITY: 6,1 g/l SUGAR: 2 g/l

VARIETAL DESIGNATION: Altura Máxima Estate Vineyard ALTITUDE: 3111m (10200ft) VITICURAL AREA: Calchaquí Valleys, Salta, Argentina SOIL TYPE: Calcareous and Granite TOTAL PLANTINGS: 23h (56ac) , sustainably farmed YEAR PLANTED: 2007 HARVEST DATE: April 2015

  • 91

    Points

    Colomé Altura Máxima Malbec
    Wine Spectator, December 2019

    "Ripe aromas and concentrated flavors of roasted plum, tar and black licorice make for a dense, brooding style. Intense smokiness shows midpalate, with beefy accents on the finish. Best from 2021 through 2025. 900 cases made, 300 cases imported."

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  • 95

    Points

    Colomé Altura Máxima Malbec
    Vinous, June 2019

    "Dark medium ruby. High-pitched scents of black fruits, bitter chocolate and violet. Wonderfully suave, thick and weightless, displaying terrific density and definition to its juicy flavors of blackberry, cassis and graphite minerality. What stands out most here is the wine's sophisticated silkiness of texture and light touch. A classic manifestation of high-altitude flavor intensity (this vineyard is on granite and calcaire soil at an altitude of 10,200 feet!), this broad, full-bodied beauty finishes with a firm tannic spine and a rising, tactile whiplash of flavor. Amazing Malbec--as impressive as any in Argentina. (15.3% alcohol, with acidity of 6.2 grams per liter; aged for 24 months in used French barriques)"

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    Colomé Altura Máxima Malbec
    Wine Advocate, June 2018

    "The 2015 Altura Máxima Malbec is all black olives, decayed violets and malted cereals, a wild and unusual wine with high ripeness but a medium-bodied palate with fine-grained tannins. It is produced with grapes from their seven-year-old vineyard at 3,100 meters in altitude, the highest vineyard in the world producing commercial wine. The grapes were harvested fully ripe at the end of April, which is the equivalent to the end of October in the northern hemisphere. Here, latitude compensates for the altitude, and the grapes manage to ripen fully with strong exposure to sunlight. It matured in fourth use French barriques for 24 months. 6,900 bottles were filled in December 2017."

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