2019 Bodega Colome Torrontes Estate High Altitude Vineyards

Year: 2019
Appellation: Salta
Country: Argentina
Wine Spectator: 88
James Suckling: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 89
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"The gooseberry and lemon lime flavors show peach accents. The juicy finish lingers with curry notes. Drink now. 8,500 cases made, 3,500 cases imported. -KM" (WS)

"Plenty of lemon-rind, white-peach and green-apple aromas follow through to a full-bodied, firm and fresh palate and a long, lingering finish. Shows tightness and crispness down the line. Drink now." (JS)

"Aromas of lemon, lime and pastry dusted with powdered sugar lead to a round palate with citrus-like acidity. Pineapple and melon flavors come with a touch of salt, while the palate feels full with a slight grip. Drink now. Michael Schachner" (WE)

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 altitude in the World between 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.