Bodega Colomé Malbec Calchaquies Estate 2008
Colomé Estate is a Malbec based blend with Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat. The signature red varietal of Argentina, Malbec excels in the warm, dry climate, producing exceptional wines with dark, spicy aromas and succulent texture. It is is deep magenta with a purple hue. This wine is sophisticated on the nose with violets, black fruits, clove, and black pepper followed by flavors of elderberries, nutmeg and cassis. It is a full bodied and rich wine with thick, mouth coating texture. Subtle French oak and toast flavors are well balanced providing vanilla and toasted bread flavors. The wine is long, rich, fat and round on the finish. It pairs well with steak, cassoulet, duck, venison and other hearty fare. This wine was awarded 91 points by Wine Spectator, who said "Lush and rich, with layered fig paste, crushed plum and dark blueberry fruit mingling with extra licorice snap and dark chocolate notes. Rich, but not overbearing. Nicely embedded acidity carries the finish. Drink now through 2011."
External Reviews for Bodega Colomé Malbec Calchaquies Estate
Medium ruby. Intriguing aromas of cherry, blackberry, blood orange, violet, road tar, smoked meat and pepper; this is more syrah-like than a lot of syrahs. Quite suave and fine-grained on the palate, with nicely integrated acidity and enticing floral lift giving a juicy quality to the musky, slightly reduced flavors of blackberry, violet and smoked meat. Finishes with firm but ripe tannins and impressive length.
This high-altitude wine shows a cool, rubbery essence but also warmth, animal notes and rusticity. It's polished to a point, but also a wild ride. The palate is lightly saucy and spicy, and the fruit isn't overly defined or welcoming. But in between the folds there's power and bite.
Lush and rich, with layered fig paste, crushed plum and dark blueberry fruit mingling with extra licorice snap and dark chocolate notes. Rich, but not overbearing. Nicely embedded acidity carries the finish.
The 2005 Estate Malbec contains 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Tannat. It was aged for 15 months in French oak, 30% new. Purple-colored, the wine offers notes of smoke, toast, vanilla, clove, blueberry, and blackberry. Full-bodied, layered, and ripe, it has enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years. There is good concentration, fine balance, and a fruit-filled finish. It should provide pleasurable drinking through 2020.
Dark purple; almost opaque in the glass. Full-bodied, with an extremely lush texture that coats the palate like a blackberry creamsicle. Although ripe, this Malbec has muscular tannins and balanced acidity, providing lift to the massive layers of fruit. The long, complex finish packs in the berry flavors. Yum city!
Very ripe, with exotic plum, fig and boysenberry fruit flavors that roll along round but deceptively focused tannins. The long, vibrant finish has a nice buried minerality to offset all the fruit. Drink now through 2010.
Bodega Colomé, located in the Calchaqui Valley of the Salta province, dates to 1831. The property was purchased by Hess Family Estates in 2001, with Thibaut Delmotte currently handling winemaking duties. The blend comprises 85 percent Malbec, 8 percent Tannat, 5 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 2 percent Syrah; some of the Malbec grapes come from vines ranging in age from 90 to 150 years, with the remainder from three younger estate vineyards.
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