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Bodega Colomé Malbec Calchaquies Estate 2008

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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."

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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

Member Reviews for Bodega Colomé Malbec Calchaquies Estate

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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
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3.50 5
10/20/2010

Raspberry, red fruit aromas and intertwined on the palate as well, nice spicy red currants, a little kick on the finish


Snooth User: mickeyv
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4.00 5
09/05/2011

Four glasses


External Reviews for Bodega Colomé Malbec Calchaquies Estate

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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!


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.



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."

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