2012 Colome Altura Maxima Malbec
- Size: 750ml
- Type: Red Wine
- Varietal: Malbec
- Country: Argentina
"There is a new wine at Colomé, sourced from their Altura Maxima estate in Payogasta, some 90 kilometres away form Colomé and planted at 2,800 to 3,100 meters altitude, the highest commercial vineyard in the world. The name Altura Maxima means, of course, maximum altitude. The first commercial release is this 2012 Altura Maxima Malbec which has a heady, very ripe and showy nose that is extremely powerful, open and intense with aromas reminiscent of violets, peach, gunpowder and something like malt whisky (earthy, organic, with notes of peat?). The nose is complex and changes by the minute, developing nuances of honey and pollen, more flowers, malt and peat. There are also spices, nutmeg, wild herbs and more and more flowers with time in the glass. The wine was matured in well-seasoned French oak barrels for 24 months, but the newest barrel was four years old, and there is no influence in terms of aromas, the intention was only to mature and slowly oxygenate the wine in the barriques. I also tasted the 2013 in barrel, which will be bottled in one month time, but will be kept in bottle for one more year before it's released. It was subtler, a little austere and somehow closed, though showed a different personality. It is one I look forward to tasting next year. This 2012 is extremely impressive and truly unique. Bravo! It will be released in early 2016. Only 2,000 of this hedonistic elixir exist." -Luis Gutierrez, Aug 2015
Reviewed by: The Wine Advocate - 96 pts
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