No doubt Mendoza produces some world-class Malbecs and this wine-growing region made it possible for Argentine Malbec to become an international superstar. There are, however, other great Malbec-producing regions in Argentina and one of my favorites is Salta. There are not nearly as many options hailing from this northern corner of the country from which to choose, but one of the best is Bodega Colomé, whose vineyards are planted at an astonishing 7200 – 9600 feet. The 2007 vintage is 85% Malbec , rounded out by Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah.
There’s a lot going on in this wine. The nose is big and complex: grilled fig, mocha, blackberries, vinyl, and a touch of cassis. On the palate ripe dark berries combine with lots of deep mushroom flavors, bringing to mind umami. Having a few years in the bottle has brought the flavors into harmony with the tannins and acidity. Very nicely balanced and very enjoyable.
About $25 at area wine shops.
P.S. Don’t forget: tomorrow is Malbec World Day!!