2012 Bodegas Colomé "Estate" Malbec Valle Calchaquí Salta
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Malbec Estate is a blend of the three Malbecs sold separately as Lote Especial differentiating altitude and location, and it's approximately 5% from Cafayate which adds ripeness and roundness, with the backbone being from Colomé and representing some 70% of the blend and 25% of El Arenal. From this vintage the style and the varietal blend has changed to 100% Malbec (it used to have Tannat, Cabernet and Petit Verdot in the past) and the style is influenced because the El Arenal vineyard is increasing its production and adds freshness and tannic structure, so there is no need for the other varietals. The aging is longer than that of the separate components, but there is only 10% new oak. The very showy, open and aromatic nose is very balsamic and spicy with aromas of wild herbs, especially thyme, juicy blueberries and violets. This is a ripe Malbec with good depth, concentration and balance. Soft, but with grip that is chewy and juicy. 240,000 bottles produced. (LG)
Dark ruby-red. Aromas and flavors of bitter cherry and bitter chocolate are complicated by a whiff of game. Silky-sweet and supple, with beautifully integrated tannins contributing to an impression of suavity and carrying the fruit through a rather powerful, gripping finish. This should evolve gracefully. (ST)
A ripe and juicy red, with dense dark plum and wild berry flavors that feature notes of dried herbs. Iron accents show on the finish. Drink now. 10,000 cases made. (KM)
Produced from biodynamically farmed Malbec, with some Tannat blended in as well, this wine is produced from some of the highest elevation vines in production anywhere in the world, at more than 7,000 feet above sea level! Dark fruit flavors have hints of scruffy, savory herbs as well as a very solid overall structure, with tannins lending grip to the intensely flavored fruit and a persistent finish. Another great effort from one of our favorite Argentine wineries.