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Colomé Malbec Autentico
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Colomé Malbec Autentico 2016

Salta, North, ArgentinaBodega Colomé was founded in 1831, the oldest working winery in Argentina allowing European vines including malbec to arrive in the country long before phylloxera wiped out most of the northern hemisphere’s grapevines in late 1800s. As a result, some of the world’s oldest malbec vines reside in Argentina and many are at the Colomé Estate Vineyard in Salta. “Auténtico” is a tribute to the pioneers who planted the vines back in the 1830s and reference to the sustainable practices used in this high desert environment. The wine today is made with average 90 year-old-vines with no oak influence to allow the 100-percent malbec grown at 7,545 feet to express its unique terroir. The wine is always intense, thanks to the thick skins that protect the fruit from the endless sunshine. Cold nighttime temperatures preserve the fruit and acid and add an alluring floral note to what is a stony, mineral red, laden with pure black fruits. It’s hard not to like this wine that has dealt with a challenging vintage. It’s the answer for just about any favourite beef cut.Tasted: 29 May 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 54.99 private wine shops Producer: Grupo ColoméDistributors: International Cellars Inc.
Blend: Malbec - Cabernet Sauvignon - Petit Verdot - TannatCSPC: 474106UPC: 7798104760342