For this week's "Wine of the Week" I'm bringing you an exceptional wine and one whose pedigree includes being the Number 18 wine on Wine Spectators Top 100 Wines for 2017, with an individual score of 92 Points from the same publication.
Owned by the Hess Family Wine Estates, Bodega Colomé is located in the upper Calchaquí Valley in the Salta region of Argentina and has been around since 1831. Sustainably farmed and with estate vineyards that are at the highest elevation in the world. This Malbec blends grapes from four different estate vineyards, one of which is their Atura Maxima. Producing their premier wine of that same name, the grapes of that vineyard being grown at an elevation of 10,207 feet, the highest vineyard in the world, the name reflecting same, Altura Maxima or Maximum Height. A gorgeous wine if you can find it but a tad more money as well!
Malbec Salta is a wonderful wine in its own right. Using 100% Malbec grapes and aged in French Oak barrels for 15 months, this wine exudes a fresh and lively flavor with a slight earthiness and spiced finish lasting a good long time. Getting all that as I did for only $20 a bottle, on sale. Maybe a few dollars more at average retail. Even coming in at Number 18 on the Top 100 wines, it should still be available as a fair amount of wine was produced. Click here for the tech sheet.
Try the wine if you get a chance and pair it with your favorite hearty meats. Don't be afraid to lay it down for a couple years either, it should only get better.