# 18 Wine Spectator’s Top 100 2017
Colomé is a remarkable wine estate in the northerly Salta region of Argentina, boasting the world’s highest commercial vineyards. It’s also run along biodynamic lines.
Colomé has a long history. The winery was founded in 1831, with the first Malbec vines arriving from France in 1854. There are still three vineyards, totalling 4 hectares, on the estate planted at this time. Salta is also home to the highest vineyards, with Colome owning different sites between 2,200 – 3,300 metres. Since 2001 they have been owned by the dynamic international wine group – The Hess Family, ensuring plenty of capital and distribution for this world class estate.
Typical of all Malbec, the colour is brooding and opaque. A result of the altitude and intense UV light, resulting in thicker skins and hence darker colours. It has beautiful aromas of blackberries and red fruits and lovely floral notes. However it is on the palate where this wine really excites. It is just lush, decadent and so smooth. Everything is in balance, with intense dark fruits surrounded by very high quality oak (15 months aging) and common to all the wines in this pack, freshness and drinkability are at the fore front of everything.
I can see why this wine was given such a high ranking by Wine Spectator.