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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Varietal:

Malbec

- 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.
Country:

Argentina

- 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