2013 Bodegas Colomé "Estate" Malbec Valle Calchaquí Salta (Previously $20)

SKU #1282091 93 points James Suckling

 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.  (5/2016)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Malbec Estate has a similar blend of Malbec for the three zones and altitudes (1,700, 2,300 and 2,600 meters) with wines with higher acidity and a stronger tannic structure. It was bottled after 15 months in barrel (15% new), and the oak is nicely integrated. The nose might be a bit shy; there are subtle herbs, wild berries and some spices. Today I give the edge to the 2012 where I see more complexity and depth, even though this 2013 drinks very easily with its freshness. One for the table. 180,000 bottles were produced, a slightly shorter vintage from a cooler year where the selection in the blend was a little stricter. (LG)  (8/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 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. (KM)  (5/2016)


 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. (ST)  (3/2016)

K&L Notes

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.

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2016 | Send Email
This is another very strong showing from the kings of Salta Malbec at Colomé. Bolstered by a small amount of tannat blended in, Colomé's 2013 is loaded with dark fruited, mineral and tannin driven structure. There is a lot of material in this wine. Normally a very good deal at $25, at under $20 this is a must have for any fan of Malbec, and for that matter anyone who appreciates full-bodied, richer Cabernet made from mountain fruit.

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/17/2016 | Send Email
Colome is one of my favorite producers in Argentina. The style of the wines is both friendly and serious, with great integrity and quality. The estate Malbec from 2013 displays the vibrant, full-blooded dark fruit of the varietal as well as the serious tannin and acidity structure inherent in the wines from this high-elevation site. This would be a great wine to pair with meat and will likely age beautifully.

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- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5