Get thee to Costco for this one! The Colomé Estate Malbec from high altitude vineyards in Salta.
Sample submitted for review. The Colomé Estate Malbec has an SRP of $25 and is available at Costco for just $16.99. No Costco in your area? Check your local retailers for this wine. Imported by The Hess Collection Winery.
Wines of distinction have been crafted at Colomé in the Upper Calchaqui Valley in the Salta region since 1831.
Four estate vineyards are blended to achieve the finest expression of Malbec. As the backbones of the blend, Colomé vineyard (65%) surrounds the winery at 2300 metres and lends complexity and weight. El Arenal vineyard (25%) at 2700 metres gives elegance and freshness to the blend. La Brava vineyard (5%) sits at 1700 metres and yields intense ripe fruit. Altura Maxima (5%) at 3111 metres and the highest vineyard in the world gives floral and mineral notes with fine grain tannins to the assemblage.
Higher altitudes offer much more sun, much less UV protection and produce a thicker skinned grape that delivers more robust taste with fresh acidity to support it.
What's the big deal about high altitude vineyards you may ask? Well for a complete explanation, check out our Ask The Expert episode on this question. Then pop open a bottle and experience it for yourself.
The 2016 Colomé Estate Malbec begins with a really succulent aroma of purple fruits, lovely lavender and excellent touches of spice, vanilla and mint. It only takes one sniff to know this is going to be good. The wine tastes savory, meaty, delicious and tannic. It features lots of rich dark berry fruit with plenty of spice and black pepper and a bit of a creamy texture in the mouth. Add in good acidity and some streaks of minerality and this is officially fabulous stuff! Hints of tobacco, chocolate and vanilla linger under the long, dry finish of dark fruit.
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