2007 Bodega Colome Malbec Reserve

Year: 2007
Appellation: Salta
Country: Argentina
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 96
Vinous Media: 94
Wine Enthusiast: 91
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"Dark and fleshy, boasting gorgeous crushed plum, boysenberry and currant flavors, but it all stays lively, as vibrant minerality frames and extends the finish. Offers a delicious combination of dark, exotic fruit and a racy, acid-driven feel. Drink now. 150 cases imported. " (WS)

"I reviewed the 2007 Colome Malbec Reserva last year. It was presented again in this year’s tasting so I am repeating my note and adding one point to the score (and the price has increased by $10). Colome’s old-vine cuvee is one of Argentina’s icon Malbecs. The 2007 Reserva is 100% Malbec sourced from a 17-acre plot of 60- to 150-year-old vines purchased by owner, Donald Hess, in 2001. The wine spent 24 months in new French oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it has that extra dimension of complexity that only old vines can provide. It offers up a confiture of black cherry and black raspberry along with mineral notes and toasty new oak. Dense, layered, concentrated, this rich, impeccably balanced effort will benefit from 5-7 years of cellaring and drink well through 2030." (WA)

"($90; 15.9% alcohol; from vines between 60 and 150 years of age, grown at 5,500 to 8,500 feet; blended with 10% cabernet sauvignon) Bright saturated ruby. Pungent, high-toned aromas of blackberry, maraschino cherry, black pepper and violet. Sharply delineated, youthfully imploded but not hard, displaying explosive inner-mouth perfume and energy to the very pure dark fruit and bitter chocolate flavors. Gets silkier as it opens in the glass, showing some suggestions of superripe fruit, but without any loss of clarity or lift. A powerful yet fine-grained and very subtle wine, finishing with suave tannins and superb cut and lift. Donald Hess's project involving some of the highest vineyards in the world is coming to spectacular fruition. (Hess Collection, Napa, CA)" (IWC)

"Big, dark, sweet and jammy on the nose, with earthy, candied, sweet aromas of ripe blackberry and herbs. The palate delivers bouncy, showy acidity, while the flavors of black cherry, dark plum and chocolate are solid and rewarding. A little pruney on deeper inspection, with a leathery quality to the wine’s depth. Drink now through 2013." (WE)