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Colome Autentico Malbec 2019

Colome Autentico Malbec 2019

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"Auténtico is a wine inspired by old reds from Calchaquíes, when there wasn’t any oak to tone down the intensity of the region. A Malbec from the Colomé vineyard, set at 2,300 meters above sea level, it’s dark as a moonless night in the valley, with a nose of spice, blackberry, syrup and country herbs. Elemental, concentrated and intense, presenting a firm structure and active tannins. A bed is provided by the significant but well-integrated amount of alcohol, while the finish is sweet. Mountain-top sun in a bottle. Drinking window: 2022-2029. 93 points

Colomé is a seemingly impossible winery made real. Set on a mountainous outcrop, Donald Hess’ dream is founded in grapes grown in the high-altitude sun under the watchful eye of oenologist Thibaut Delmotte (who has returned after a year’s sabbatical). Specialists in managing the concentration that comes with the Salta terroirs, they use grapes from different vineyards in the Calchaquí Valleys, from Altura Máxima, planted at 3,100 meters above sea level, down to San Isidro, at a mere 1,700 meters. An important note: in 2019 the hotel reopened, and it is now very much a highlight of the local tourism scene."

Joaquin Hildago, Vinous (10/20)