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Malbec Estate Colome Valle Calchaqui 2014

Member Review by basilwino:

A very nice Malbec that,s round, smooth, fruity, plummy, med tannins, and a long finish.

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Winery: Bodega Colome
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

Member Reviews for Malbec Estate Colome Valle Calchaqui

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Snooth User: basilwino
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 03/02/2010

A very nice Malbec that,s round, smooth, fruity, plummy, med tannins, and a long finish.


Snooth User: cookypuss1
43950993
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 10/05/2009

Great wine. Some old-world qualities that surprised me - not a fruit bomb in the least! Lots of interesting character of earth and smoke, nice minerality. Worth the price and will buy again if I can find this vintage!


Snooth User: joshwoodward
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 05/15/2009

Fairly rich nose, rich body. Soft, but plenty of tannins. Balanced medium- acidity. Juicy. Black fruit. Hint of mint. Moderately simple, but very tasty.


Snooth User: grapelab
294005181
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 11/17/2009

Malbec had to leave Bordeaux to find its true calling in Argentina. Maybe it loves heights? Colome's is grown at 8600 feet, a great argument. Ripe New World fruit balanced with Old World structure.

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  • Snooth User: Mark1975
    95811126
    3.50 5
    Vintage: 2006 08/25/2009

    Needed patience to open up, but once it got there it was pulling strong oak influences over some concentrated berry fruit. Coffee/toffee wood notes with a subtle pepper and plum/raisen push. Tannins are there, but the oak smoothes out the finish. It will be cool to see what the follow up vintages are like. Hope they tone down the wood and let the fruit shine more.


    Snooth User: mbugbee
    16357479
    4.00 5
    Vintage: 2006 11/01/2009

    Up until I tried this wine, I was pretty luke-warm on Malbecs but we tried this with japanese-style shabu shabu the other week with shredded raddish in ponzu sauce and the result was amazing as the ponzu sauce made flavors of the wine jump out against the thin slices of prime rib.


    Snooth User: shawngrl
    13671636
    3.50 5
    Vintage: 2006 03/05/2011

    This wine took a while to open up and had a nice leathery aroma. Lovely color with lush berry aromas. Loved the smoke flavor and balanced finish. Would buy this wine again.


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    External Reviews for Malbec Estate Colome Valle Calchaqui

    External Review
    Source: WineExpress.com
    03/16/2017

    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. The Wine Advocate scored this 91 points saying "The 2014 Malbec Estate is a blend of grapes from the four zones and altitudes they wor--at 1,800, 2,300 and 2,600 meters--and some 5% of grapes from the Altura Máxima vineyard at 3,111 meters. It fermented with indigenous yeasts, underwent malolactic in barrel and 18 months élevage in a combination of used and newer barrels. Winemaker Thibaut Delmotte thinks 2014 is, together with 2008, the most balanced harvest he has seen since he arrived there in 2005. These wines are always very dark colored, almost opaque, and this has a complex nose because it gets different characteristics from the grapes harvested at different altitudes--the lower ones provide body, and the higher ones add elegance, freshness and minerality. It's heady and aromatic mixing morello cherries with decayed violets, a touch of tar and smoke and some spices. The palate is soft, with very round tannins and juicy flavors, terribly engaging. It has a very tasty, umami-driven finish. Drink this at 15 degrees Celsius."


    External Review
    Source: WineExpress.com
    Vintage: 2012 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."


    External Review
    Vintage: 2006 01/29/2009

    #38 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2008A blend of 85% Malbec, 8% Tannat and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon.Brilliantly dark with purple hues, this wine has intense aromas of black fruits, cloves, licorice, black pepper and allspice. Similar flavors follow, with


    External Review
    Vintage: 2006 04/21/2010

    Aromen: Intensive und komplexe Aromen schwarzer Beeren, Noten der Gewürznelke, Muskatnuss, schwarzer Pfeffer. Gaumen: Brombeeren und schwarze Kirschen, reich und vollmundig, gewaltiger Körper, reife und seidenweiche Gerbstoffe, integrierte Rösttöne des Eichenholzes, langer Nachgeschmack.



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