Colome Malbec - $29.00
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From the oldest winery in Argentina and the highest vineyards in the world. Elegant, robust and extremely well crafted malbec from vineyards at 8500 ft, 7500 ft and 5700 ft that each bring their own qualities to the finished product. Great with any grilled meat, especially prime rib and even filet. This wine is definitely brighter than most and its acidity is a perfect foil for the rich fruit.
This is a very special year for Bodega Colomé since we are celebrating the winery’s 180th anniversary, which makes it the oldest winery in Argentina.
Bodega Colomé was founded in 1831, probably by the Spanish Governor of Salta, Nicolás Severo de Isasmendi y Echalar. In 1854, his daughter Ascensión, who was married to José Benjamín Dávalos, brought the first French pre-phylloxera Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon vines to Colomé. Grapes from three vineyards (with an area of 4 hectares each) planted in that year are still used in the production of our wines.
Colomé belonged to the Isasmendi-Dávalos family for 170 years. In 1969, the Rodó family acquired the estate and the winery, which remained in its possession for 13 years. In 1982, Raúl Dávalos, direct descendant of the Isasmendi-Dávalos family, bought back the family’s old homestead and kept it until the Hess Group purchased it in 2001.
Donald and Ursula Hess first visited the Calchaquí Valleys in 1998. They were searching for the perfect terroir and the ideal weather to produce truly unique Argentinean wines. What they discovered here was beyond their expectations: they actually found their home from home. The grandeur and natural beauty of Colomé inspired and rejuvenated them. In 2001 they purchased Colomé.
Since then, new vines (distributed among 4 Estates) have been planted to reach the current 140 hectares; new winery facilities with the latest technology and equipment have been built; the new Estate and Rural Boutique Hotel and the exclusive James Turrell Museum have been opened.
Donald and Ursula’s vision has a high regard for social responsibility issues. In the last 10 years, Hess Family has contributed to the building of the village’s community centre and church and to the betterment of the school and the neighbours’ houses. Nowadays, Colomé is the source of employment and income for most of the village’s 400 inhabitants.