Wine Review: 2007 Bodega Colomé Malbec (Valle Chalchaqui, Salta)

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!!

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Author:katrin

Katrin is one of the co-founders of Wine Dine With Us. She enjoys sharing her love of wine on the blog, and is particularly fond of wines from Argentine, Alto Adige, and Germany. A lifelong environmentalist, Katrin has become increasingly interested in issues of sustainability in wine and food, local food production, biodynamics, and organic agriculture. When not drinking wine and writing about it, she is a nonprofit professional, specializing in fundraising and special events.

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