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Malbec Estate Colome Valle Calchaqui 2012

External Review by WineExpress.com:

Bodega Colome in the Calchaqui Valley, 7500 feet above sea level, was founded in 1831 and is one of the oldest existing wineries in Argentina. Since its acquisition by the Hess family in 2001 the quality of wines has skyrocketed. All the vineyards are farmed biodynamically and yields are kept low. Winemaking is state-of-the-art with an emphasis on grape expression as is clear in this Estate Malbec. 100% Malbec for the first time, grapes are sourced from three different vineyards at altitudes from 5500 to 8500 feet above sea level. At these altitudes the grapes skins thicken to to protect from UV rays, intensifying color and flavor in the grapes. The wine was aged 15 months in 20% new French oak barrels. James Suckling scored it 92 points and said "Intense aromas of dark fruits, meat, light salt and spice character. Full body, round and firm tannins and a savory, flavorful aftertaste."

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Color: Red
Variety: Other
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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 Malbec Estate Colome Valle Calchaqui

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Source: WineExpress.com
08/26/2015

Bodega Colome in the Calchaqui Valley, 7500 feet above sea level, was founded in 1831 and is one of the oldest existing wineries in Argentina. Since its acquisition by the Hess family in 2001 the quality of wines has skyrocketed. All the vineyards are farmed biodynamically and yields are kept low. Winemaking is state-of-the-art with an emphasis on grape expression as is clear in this Estate Malbec. 100% Malbec for the first time, grapes are sourced from three different vineyards at altitudes from 5500 to 8500 feet above sea level. At these altitudes the grapes skins thicken to to protect from UV rays, intensifying color and flavor in the grapes. The wine was aged 15 months in 20% new French oak barrels. James Suckling scored it 92 points and said "Intense aromas of dark fruits, meat, light salt and spice character. Full body, round and firm tannins and a savory, flavorful aftertaste."



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