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Bodega Colome - Estate Malbec 2014

Information

  • Country: Argentina
  • Wine Region: Salta
  • Wine Area: Calchaqui Valley
  • Wine Maker: Thibaut Delmotte
  • Grape: Malbec Blend
  • Grape Percentage: 85% Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Petit Verdot, Syrah 15%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2019
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 91 (2014) VS: 89 (2013) JR: 17 (2012) WS: 90 (2013) JS: 93 (2013) WE: 89 (2013) TA: 93 (2013)

Wine tasting notes

Deep bright red with a magenta hue. Aromas of black and red fruits including blackberries, blackcurrants, raspberries and cherries, with touches of violet floral notes and hints of spices and minerals. Fresh and fruity on the palate with muscular structure and round, velvety tannins. A fine, delicate yet lengthy finish.

Winery Information

Bodega Colome

Bodega Colomé was established in 1831 and is not only the oldest working winery in Argentina, but also the owner of the world's highest vineyard. Perhaps because of this great tradition, which is allied to the dynamism it displays today, Colomé was chosen by Tim Atkin as one of his 'First Growths' in the classification of Argentinian wineries he made for his 2016 Argentina Report. The winery is located in the far north of Argentina in the Upper Calchaquí Valley and is thought to have been.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2014)91 pts

Dec 2016 - Luis Gutierrez - 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.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2013)89 pts

Mar/Apr 16. By Stephen Tanzer. Full ruby. Musky, slightly gamey aromas of currant and dark chocolate. Fat, plush and sweet, with a lightly leafy quality to the dark berry and dark plum flavors. This generous, open-knit wine offers considerable early appeal. Finishes with serious, dusty tannins and good length, if not quite the grip of the 2012 release.

JancisRobinson.com (2012)17 pts

Tasted Sept '15 - Smoky and meaty - not unlike Syrah. Lovely complexity and a stemmy note too, seemingly. Worth the premium - well made and engaging. (RH)

Wine Spectator (2013)90 pts

May 2016 - This bursts with fresh, pure-tasting flavors of raspberry, blackberry and roasted plum, supported by firm acidity and tannins. Notes of slate and black pepper show midpalate, with a finish that offers dark chocolate accents. Drink now through 2020.

James Suckling (2013)93 pts

A dense and very rich red with blueberry, sliced mushroom and earth character. Full body, yet tight and reserved. Gorgeous to drink now but will improve in the next few years.

Wine Enthusiast (2013)89 pts

Concentrated savory aromas of prune, blackberry, compost and tree bark are not uncommon for Colomé. This is a clampy tannic Malbec that pulls down hard on the palate. Salty savory plum and berry flavors are oaky and finish with tannic residue. Drink through 2022.

Tim Atkin (2013)93 pts

Colomé’s estate Malbec is a blend of the three special lot wines, with Molinos contributing the bulk of the cuvée. Showing the freshness of a cooler vintage, this is sappy, savoury and firm with just a touch of oak, spicy, wild herbs on a serious, focused finish. 2017-23

Vinification Notes

Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were hand sorted twice to ensure no green material or imperfect fruit entered the must. Fermentation was slow due to the altitude (lower oxygen) and followed by an extended maceration period of 25-30 days to extract good levels of colour and tannin. Malolactic fermentation occurred half in barrel and half in stainless steel tank. The wine aged for 15 months in French oak barrels of which 20% was new, 80% second fill. The wine was bottled in August 2013.