Well structured and lush, the wine wafts aromas from the moment it is poured. The flavors come around with minimal breathing time. Grapes for this wine are grown at probably the highest elevation of any other growing region. Add to that the vines are European pre-phylloxera 90-150 years old and that just begins to tell the tale of why this wine is so good and seems to be getting better each vintage. Another piece of the success story comes from having a team of oenologists like Thibaut Delmotte (and Randle Johnson, winemaker at Artezin) overseeing production at Bodega Colome. The wine has aromas of dark red and black fruit with strong purple floral notes intertwined with fresh crushed pepper. The flavors harmonize with the aromas and the finish exhibits well-integrated tannins from the 18 months spent in oak. This wine has consistently raised the bar for Malbec based blends over the past three or four vintages. Often Malbec blends from Argentina are profiled for being one-dimensional. This wine has layers of complexity that disperse any notion of that statement. A versatile red wine that would excite even the most jaded Culinarian, it would be easier to list what cuisines will not work than describe all that will. A perfect gift for any level enophile and accessible enough to have at your dinner table on a regular basis—highly recommended.
Rating: Excellent (90) | $25 | 14.5% ABV