Bodega Colome in the Calchaqui Valley, 7500 feet above sea level, was founded in 1831 and is one of the oldest existing wineries in Argentina. Since its acquisition by the Hess family in 2001 the quality of wines has skyrocketed. All the vineyards are farmed biodynamically and yields are kept low. Winemaking is state-of-the-art with an emphasis on grape expression as is clear in this Estate Malbec. 100% Malbec for the first time, grapes are sourced from three different vineyards at altitudes from 5500 to 8500 feet above sea level. At these altitudes the grapes skins thicken to to protect from UV rays, intensifying color and flavor in the grapes. The wine was aged 15 months in 20% new French oak barrels. The Wine Advocate scored this 91 points saying "The 2014 Malbec Estate is a blend of grapes from the four zones and altitudes they wor--at 1,800, 2,300 and 2,600 meters--and some 5% of grapes from the Altura Máxima vineyard at 3,111 meters. It fermented with indigenous yeasts, underwent malolactic in barrel and 18 months élevage in a combination of used and newer barrels. Winemaker Thibaut Delmotte thinks 2014 is, together with 2008, the most balanced harvest he has seen since he arrived there in 2005. These wines are always very dark colored, almost opaque, and this has a complex nose because it gets different characteristics from the grapes harvested at different altitudes--the lower ones provide body, and the higher ones add elegance, freshness and minerality. It's heady and aromatic mixing morello cherries with decayed violets, a touch of tar and smoke and some spices. The palate is soft, with very round tannins and juicy flavors, terribly engaging. It has a very tasty, umami-driven finish. Drink this at 15 degrees Celsius."