Colomé Estate Malbec

Calchaqui Valley, Salta

Wines of distinction have been crafted at Colomé in the Upper Calchaquí Valley in the Salta region since 1831. Four estate vineyards are blended to achieve the finest expression of Malbec. As the backbone of the blend, Colomé vineyard (60%) surrounds the winery at 2300 metres and lends complexity and weight.  El Arenal vineyard (25%) at 2600 metres gives elegance and freshness to the blend. La Brava vineyard (5%) sits at 1700 meters and yields intense ripe fruit. Altura Máxima vineyard (10%) at 3111 metres and one of the highest vineyard in the world, gives floral and mineral notes with fine grain tannins to the assemblage. Higher altitudes offer much more sun, much less UV protection and produce a thicker skinned grape that delivers a more robust taste with fresh acidity to support it.

Tasting Notes

Bright and intense in color with beautiful aromas of blackberries, red fruits and exotic floral notes, this wine delivers aromatics that entice the senses. A full lush entry of ripe and rich black fruit surrounds spiced oak notes and hints of pepper. Fresh acidity supports big, bold tannins and wonderful complexity.

TIME IN BARREL: 15 months in 2° to 5° use French oak barrels, 6 months in bottle WINEMAKER: Thibaut Delmotte

VARIETY: 100% Malbec ALCOHOL: 14.5% PH: 3.7 ACIDITY: 5.7 g/l SUGAR: 2.7 g/l

ALTITUDE: Blend of 4 different terroir and altitude  (1700, 2300, 2600 & 3111 meters) VITICURAL AREA: Calchaquí Valleys, Salta, Argentina HARVEST DATE: March-April 2019

Wines of distinction have been crafted at Colomé in the Upper Calchaquí Valley in the Salta region since 1831. Four estate vineyards are blended to achieve the finest expression of Malbec. As the backbone of the blend, Colomé vineyard (60%) surrounds the winery at 2300 metres and lends complexity and weight.  El Arenal vineyard (25%) at 2600 metres gives elegance and freshness to the blend. La Brava vineyard (5%) sits at 1700 meters and yields intense ripe fruit. Altura Máxima vineyard (10%) at 3111 metres and one of the highest vineyard in the world, gives floral and mineral notes with fine grain tannins to the assemblage. Higher altitudes offer much more sun, much less UV protection and produce a thicker skinned grape that delivers a more robust taste with fresh acidity to support it.

Tasting Notes

Bright and intense in color with beautiful aromas of blackberries, red fruits and exotic floral notes, this wine delivers aromatics that entice the senses. A full lush entry of ripe and rich black fruit surrounds spiced oak notes and hints of pepper. Fresh acidity supports big, bold tannins and wonderful complexity.

TIME IN BARREL: 15 months in 2° to 5° use French oak barrels, 6 months in bottle WINEMAKER: Thibaut Delmotte

VARIETY: 100% Malbec ALCOHOL: 14.5% PH: 3.7 ACIDITY: 5.7 g/l SUGAR: 2.7 g/l

ALTITUDE: Blend of 4 different terroir and altitude  (1700, 2300, 2600 & 3111 meters) VITICURAL AREA: Calchaquí Valleys, Salta, Argentina HARVEST DATE: March-April 2018

Wines of distinction have been crafted at Colomé in the Upper Calchaquí Valley in the Salta region since 1831. Four estate vineyards are blended to achieve the finest expression of Malbec. As the backbone of the blend, Colomé vineyard (60%) surrounds the winery at 2300 metres and lends complexity and weight.  El Arenal vineyard (25%) at 2700 metres gives elegance and freshness to the blend. La Brava vineyard (5%) sits at 1700 metres and yields intense ripe fruit. Altura Máxima vineyard (10%) at 3111 metres and one of the highest vineyard in the world, gives floral and mineral notes with fine grain tannins to the assemblage. Higher altitudes offer much more sun, much less UV protection and produce a thicker skinned grape that delivers a more robust taste with fresh acidity to support it.

Tasting Notes

Bright and intense in color with beautiful aromas of blackberries, red fruits and exotic floral notes, this wine delivers aromatics that entice the senses. A full lush entry of ripe and rich black fruit surrounds spiced oak notes and hints of pepper. Fresh acidity supports big, bold tannins and wonderful complexity.

TIME IN BARREL: 15 months in 2° to 5° use French oak barrels, 6 months in bottle WINEMAKER: Thibaut Delmotte

VARIETY: 100% Malbec ALCOHOL: 14.5% PH: 3.7 ACIDITY: 5.7 g/l SUGAR: 2.7 g/l

ALTITUDE: Blend of 4 different terroir and altitude  (1700, 2300, 2600 & 3111 meters) VITICURAL AREA: Calchaquí Valleys, Salta, Argentina TOTAL PLANTINGS: 23h (56ac) , sustainably farmed HARVEST DATE: March-April 2017

  • 90

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    Wine Advocate, March 2021

    "The dark and brooding 2019 Auténtico Malbec had to be harvested quickly because of a heat wave during the harvest. Eighty-five percent of the volume matured in stainless steel and the rest in concrete egg. To be honest, it feels a little flat in the palate and has plenty of notes of ripe black fruit, not as vibrant as some past vintages... 65,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2020."

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  • 90

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    Wine Spectator, February 2022

    "Shows concentrated dark cherry, fig and plum paste flavors that are backed by rich acidity. The juicy finish is framed by crisp acidity and tannins, with minerally and peppery elements. Drink now through 2025."

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  • 92

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    James Suckling, May 2021

    "A medium-to full-bodied red with aromas of violets, oyster shell, green olives, salted plums and baked blueberries. Firm, tight-grained tannins and bright acidity. Savory and saline with bitter berries on the finish. Try from 2023."

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  • 93

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    Tim Atkin, 2021

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    Vinous, December 2020

    "Colomé Estate wines are growing more and more stylish and precise. One of the keys was the addition of an optional grape selector that allows winemakers to discard the dehydrated grapes. The 2019 vintage of the Malbec Estate is thus much fruitier with ripe plus and cherry over balsamic, herbal notes and a touch of sunny Calchaquí syrup. Both concentrated and juicy, the firm tannins sculpt the good volume and keep the energy in check, ensuring that it's merely sprightly in contrast to the booming power of previous vintages. As pure and primary as ever but now with greater elegance."

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  • 17

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    Jancis Robinson, February 2020

    "Very distinctive cordite nose. Massive and lively mountain character. Pure fruit. Long and savoury. Quite different from Mendoza fruit with firework impression. Stony dry finish."

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  • 91

    points

    Descorchados, 2021

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  • 91

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    Decanter World Wine Awards, August 2021

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  • 92

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    Vinous, October 2020

    "A Calchaquí Malbec made from grapes from four vineyards owned by the winery, aged for 15 months in French barrels, 25% of them new. Dark purple in color. The nose delivers notes of plum and mountain herbs plus blackberry and hints of spice. Intense and concentrated, the palate has unusual power, featuring polished, active tannins that lend a rugged texture. Finishes with a whiff of wood and fruit. A red that exemplifies a segment of the Argentine market."

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  • 92

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    Wine Enthusiast, October 2021

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  • 93

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    James Suckling, April 2020

    "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."

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  • 94

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    Tim Atkin, 2020

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  • 92

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    Vinous, June 2019

    "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)"

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  • 92

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    Wine Enthusiast, July 2020

    "Toasty black fruit aromas are herbal but also lively. A lush and saturated palate is a true mouth filler, while this Malbec pumps out blackberry and crème de cassis flavors prior to a heady finish that comes up short on complexity and nuance. This is entirely about fruit, fruit and more fruit."

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TRADE & MEDIA ASSETS /////////////////

2019 Colomé Estate Malbec – Tasting Note

2017 Colomé Estate Malbec – Tasting Note

2018 Colomé Estate Malbec – Tasting Note

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