"The 2014 Auténtico Malbec follows the style of the Colomé of yesteryear. Sourced from old Malbec vines, the wine fermented with indigenous yeasts, matured for some 11 months in vat and was bottled raw, without any oak. The nose is ripe and heady, with notes of cassis, blueberries, decayed violets, wild herbs, tea leaves and some spiciness, all from the landscape as there is no wood used in its production. It's very dark, purple-colored, with bright fruit from a wine that has had very little contact with air it and does not have the micro-oxygenation from the barrique. 2014 is ripe and juicy, it has the tannins and concentration of fruit to develop nicely in bottle. Great, pure, dare I say authentic Malbec giving honor to its name! It was put into 30,000 bottles in April 2015.
I visited the Colomé property and their new vineyard, Altura Maxima, in the Payogasta in the Salta province, where they have a 25,000-hectare property (!) and have planted 45 hectares in El Arenal and 24 in Altura Maxima proper, ranging form 2,900 to 3,100 meters altitude. This makes it the highest vineyard in the world. There is a new range of wines, a top-of-the-line Altura Maxima from Colomé that is being released in early 2016. For now there is a Malbec, but they also have Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc from those vines that are for now part of the Lote Especial but that might one day be part of the Altura Maxima range. In Colomé they have 72 hectares of vines. Their other property, Amalaya in the Cafayate Valley has about 100 hectares of vineyards. Lots of new wines from Colomé this year, different altitude, unoaked."