Bodega Colome Altura Maxima Malbec 2016

Bodega Colome Altura Maxima Malbec 2016

 

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Bodega Colome
Altura Maxima Malbec 2016
  • Vintage : 2016
  • Country : Argentina
  • Region : Salta
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style Deep Full Bodied
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 14,5°
  • Grappes : 100% Malbec

Passion, persistence and a ruthless determination to plant the world’s highest elevation vineyard led Donald Hess to the Salta region of Argentina to plant Malbec in an estate vineyard he named Altura Maxima – Maximum Height

Experts Score Vintage
RP Robert Parker 95 2016
TA Tim Atkin 97 2015
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 94 2014
WS Wine Spectator 93 2014
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Planted in 2007 and approximately 56 planted acres in size, the Altura Maxima Vineyard sits at 10,207 ft. elevation (approximately 3,000m) and produced its inaugural vintage of Malbec in 2012. The true expression of terroir in this Malbec comes from the vineyard’s extreme altitude, the soil composition (alluvial, sandy soils with a high percentage of gravel) and the semiarid-desert climate. The vineyard receives much more sun and much less UV protection, which produces thicker skinned grapes that deliver a more robust mouthfeel supported by fresh acidity.

Vinification: After fermentation, the wine spent 24 months ageing in used French oak barrels. Only 20 barrels were produced in total. The wine then spent a further 12 months ageing in bottle before release.

Tasting Notes: Powerfully aromatic and intense, the wine is beautifully textured and full of dark black fruits, cherries, blackberries and spices.

Not only is it the oldest winery in Argentina, but also has the world’s highest vineyard. Located in the Upper Calchaquí Valleys in Salta in the far north of Argentina, the winery is thought to have been founded by the Spanish Governor of Salta, Nicolás Severo de Isasmendi y Echalar. History of Bodega Colome In 1854, his daughter Ascensión, who was married to José Benjamín Dávalos, brought the first French pre-phylloxera Malbec and Cabernet… Read more

Robert Parker (RP) : 95 Points (2016)
The ripe 2016 Altura Máxima Malbec seems to follow the path of the 2015, with pungent aromas of black olives, damp earth, decayed violets and malted cereals that give it a decadent profile. This hits the scale at 15% alcohol, but the palate feels a lot lighter, with a strong strike of acidity going through its core and lifting it up. This is a unique wine from grapes grown at 3,100 meters in altitude (yes, you read it correctly, that's 3,100 meters in altitude!) where the intensity of the light makes for thick skins and an explosion of flavors and aromas. The tannins are really fine and polished and give it a nice texture. It's clean and long and feels light but with lots of inner strength. A unique Malbec. 8,400 bottles were filled in August 2018.

Tim Atkin (TA) : 97 Points (2015)
Dramatic sites don’t always produce exceptional wines, but Altura Máxima most definitely does. First made in 2012, it’s a brilliantly focused, even extreme wine from a mad, high altitude vineyard, with amazing freshness and minerality, layers of dark berry fruit and skilfully handled oak. Wild and just a little untamed. 2020-30

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 94 Points (2014)
(14.9% alcohol; from a 2007 planting on granite and calcaire soil at an altitude of 10,200 feet): Bright dark ruby. Aromas of black cherry, licorice and salty minerality show a distinct but subtle note of roasted berries. Plush, rich and deep but not overly sweet, with its very concentrated red and darker berry flavors enlivened by brisk, high-altitude acidity and complicated by a saline quality. Delivers a lovely refined texture without any heaviness. A gripping wine of great distinction and terroir character. With 24 hours in the recorked bottle, this very dense Malbec revealed Syrah-like nuances of charcoal, game and black olive without losing its light touch. (ST)

Wine Spectator (WS) : 93 Points (2014)
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. Drink now through 2024. 500 cases made.

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Bodega Colome Altura Maxima Malbec 2016 Reviewed by Robert Parker 12-03-2021 . Score: 4