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Bodega Colome Malbec Calchaqui Valley 2010

External Review by We Speak Wine:

This suave, racy red delivers game, crushed cherry and wild berry notes backed by fine tannins and bright acidity. Compact, yet creamy and well-balanced, with a long, savory finish. Drink now through 2018. 9,700 cases imported. -NW This opens with attractive balsam wood and cedar aromas as well as graphite, licorice and earthy blackberry. It feels plump, lush and deep, with flavors of blackberry, black plum, balsamic and spice. Not overtly oaky, this is a fruity, balanced effort. - M.S. The 2010 Estate Malbec is blended with some Tannat, and aged in French barrels including some new oak. The nose is strangely taciturn but gradually unfurls to offer blackberry, melted tar and cedar aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, grainy tannins and rather hard, introspective finish that is far too serious and dour. Drink now-2015.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Malbec
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Bodega Colome:
Colome was farmed for thousand of years by the native population who were excellent stewards of the land. The original Indio language in Ihe Cakhaqul Valley was "Kakan"; but at the end of the 15th century the Incas entered the valley. Since then, the dialect spoken in the valley has been "Quechua". In 1549, Calchaqui Valley was first occupied by the Spanish conquistadores... Read more
Colome was farmed for thousand of years by the native population who were excellent stewards of the land. The original Indio language in Ihe Cakhaqul Valley was "Kakan"; but at the end of the 15th century the Incas entered the valley. Since then, the dialect spoken in the valley has been "Quechua". In 1549, Calchaqui Valley was first occupied by the Spanish conquistadores but they encountered stiff resistance from the native population. 90 years later the Spanish succeeded expropriating the native population. As the tale goes, the native tribe chief Colomln received vines from the Spanish conquistadores in the late 16th century for good services rendered. The old Colomi winery was founded in 1831. probably by the Spanish Governor of Salta, Nicolas Severo de Isasmendi y Echalar. His daughter Ascencion, who married Jose Benjamin Davalos, introduced in 1854 from France pre-phylloxera Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon wines to Colome. Three vineyards of 10 acres/ 4 hectares, dating from this time still produce grapes. Colome is considered the oldest existing winery in Argentina. Read less

External Reviews for Bodega Colome Malbec Calchaqui Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
02/25/2013

This suave, racy red delivers game, crushed cherry and wild berry notes backed by fine tannins and bright acidity. Compact, yet creamy and well-balanced, with a long, savory finish. Drink now through 2018. 9,700 cases imported. -NW This opens with attractive balsam wood and cedar aromas as well as graphite, licorice and earthy blackberry. It feels plump, lush and deep, with flavors of blackberry, black plum, balsamic and spice. Not overtly oaky, this is a fruity, balanced effort. - M.S. The 2010 Estate Malbec is blended with some Tannat, and aged in French barrels including some new oak. The nose is strangely taciturn but gradually unfurls to offer blackberry, melted tar and cedar aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, grainy tannins and rather hard, introspective finish that is far too serious and dour. Drink now-2015.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

This exhibits a dense opaque purple solid to the rim. Bodegas Colome is one of the oldest wineries in Argentina founded in 1831 in Salta in the north of Argentina. This comes from some of the highest vineyard elevations in the world between 2300 and 3111 meters (7545 10 206 feet) above sea level. Made from 85% malbec with the remainder a blend of tannat cabernet sauvignon syrah and petit verdot. Aged 15 months in 20% new French oak barrels. The bouquet shows blueberry pie and plum pudding with accents of suede and clove and a backdrop of violet. The aromas continue onto the palate with the blueberry and plum dessert highlighted by the spice and floral components. A bit young at the moment this will begin drinking well in 2014 and improve through 2018. This will be a perfect paring with grilled meat such as a rosemary encrusted New York steak or lamb round bone. Chris Greene.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/04/2014

This suave, racy red delivers game, crushed cherry and wild berry notes backed by fine tannins and bright acidity. Compact, yet creamy and well-balanced, with a long, savory finish. Drink now through 2018. 9,700 cases imported. NW - Wine Spectator Magazine 91 PointsThis opens with attractive balsam wood and cedar aromas as well as graphite, licorice and earthy blackberry. It feels plump, lush and deep, with flavors of blackberry, black plum, balsamic and spice. Not overtly oaky, this is a fruity, balanced effort. - M.S. - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 90 PointsThe 2010 Estate Malbec is blended with some Tannat, and aged in French barrels including some new oak. The nose is strangely taciturn but gradually unfurls to offer blackberry, melted tar and cedar aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, grainy tannins and rather hard, introspective finish that is far too serious and dour. Drink now-2015. - Robert Parker 86 Points




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