2011 Bodega Colome Torrontes

Year: 2011
Appellation: Mendoza
Country: Argentina
Vinous Media: 90
White Wine
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"Bright, pale yellow. Very pure, perfumed aromas of ginger, licorice, rose petal and brown spices. Concentrated, supple and ripe, with impressive sappy intensity to the flavors of spices and fresh herbs. Builds nicely on the back half, finishing with lovely saline persistence and chewy grip." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Torrontés is the signature white wine of Argentina. A cross between Muscat of Alexandria and the Mission Grape of Galicia, Torrontés grapes typically yield a light, refreshing white wine with Muscat tones redolent of jasmine and orange blossoms. Thriving in cool dry conditions, Torrontés has become synonymous with Argentina’s Salta Province and, in particular, the Calchaquí Valleys. Their altitude and microclimate have helped produce particularly outstanding Torrontés harvests. At Colomé, we strive to emphasize the delicate elegance of the Torrontés grape. Sitting 1700 meters above sea level, La Brava, our Torrontés vineyard, is at the varietal’s ideal altitude. We cultivate our vines using the pergola system and we focus on low yields (approximately 10 tonnes per hectare) to realize the full potential of the grape.

Founded in 1831 Bodega Colomé is one of the oldest wineries in Argentina. In 2001 it was bought by Donald Hess whose vision was to produce terroir driven wines at the highest elevations in the world. The vines are located in the Upper Calchaquí Valley, North-Western Argentina, which are considered to be the viticulture region of highest altitudeintheWorldbetween 2,300 and 3,111 metres above sea level. Since then Colomé is regarded as one of the top Ultra Premium Wineries from Argentina.

The altitude factor in Upper Calchaqui Valley has a positive impact on the quality of the grapes because the sun’s ultraviolet rays are present in a higher degree. The higher the altitude, the most exposure of the grapes to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which makes the grape to generate a thicker and darker skin to protect itself from the rays gaining color and concentration. The region is semi arid and desert. Soils are sandy with presence of gravel and there is a huge thermal amplitude between day and nights (aprox. 25° C). Rainfall is low with an average of 120 mm a year.

Name: Colome Torrontés. Vintage & Varieties: Torrontes 100%. Vintage 2011. Vineyards Location: Calchaqui Valley. Harvest: March 2011 in small 12 kgs boxes. Yield: 10 tn/ha. Conduction: Pergola. Bottled: June 2011.