2014 Bodegas Colomé "Altura Máxima" Malbec Calchaquí Salta

SKU #1424087 93 points Vinous

 Saturated dark ruby. Superripe, even slightly porty aromas of black cherry, beefsteak tomato, roasted plum and chocolate. Extremely dense and bulletproof, with a distinctly roasted quality to its fruit that's countered by surprising acidity. I suspect this wine will need another five years of bottle aging to harmonize. Finishes with exotic mocha and stewed tomato notes, a mounting medicinal quality and strong building tannins. Like a few past vintages of this one-off, reportedly from the highest vineyard in the world, this Malbec is just this side of too much. But 24 hours in the recorked bottle brought more freshness and focus, not less, with dark berries rising to the surface, and I raised my score. Very dense but not heavy. (ST)  (7/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Dense, ripe and powerfully fruity, with intense notes of hazelnut and spice to the dark plum, baked cherry and mulled berry flavors. Dark chocolate and espresso details linger on the powerful finish. (KM)  (4/2018)

K&L Notes

97 points Tim Atkin, MW: "There are only 7,000 bottles of this remarkable wine, made from a 3-hectare parcel of limestone and granite in the world’s highest vineyard. Aromatic, rich and spicy, it’s a plush, dense, concentrated wine with underlying focus and precision and layers of blackberry and black cherry fruit. The new oak is effortlessly integrated here." With this release, Colomé continues to solidify their position not only as a top producer of Malbec in the region of Salta, or for that matter in all Argentina, but also as a reference producer working in extremely high altitude vineyards. In this case, the vineyards are at 10,000 feet of elevation! For this bottling to be so complex and delicious with vines planted relatively recently, one has to wonder how great it will be as the vineyard continues to mature.

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