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Torrontes, 2013. Colome

Torrontes, 2013. Colome

Item #: L0714W4IA
Vintage: 2013
Varietal: Torrontes
Vineyard/Appellation: Mendoza, Argentina
Color: Bright gold
Nose: White peach and honeysuckle
Palate: Asian spice and tropical fruit
Finish: Crisp with a touch of spice
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Drink now through 2015/Alcohol - 13.5%

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Bodega Colome was founded in 1831 by the Spanish Governor of Salta, Nicolas Severo. In 1854, his daughter Ascension, who married Jose Benjam?n Davalos, brought the first French pre-phylloxera Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon vines to Colome. Grapes planted in that year are still used in the production of Colome wines today.

Donald and Ursula Hess first visited the Calchaqui Valleys in 1998. They were searching for the perfect terroir and the ideal weather to produce truly unique Argentinean wines. What they discovered here was beyond their expectations: they actually found their home from home. The grandeur and natural beauty of Colome inspired and rejuvenated them. In 2001, they purchased Colome.

Their vision has a high regard for social responsibility issues. In the last 10 years, the Hess Family has contributed to the building of the village's community center and church and to the betterment of the school and the neighbors' houses. Nowadays, Colom? is the source of employment and income for most of the village's 400 inhabitants.

The vineyards are located in the Upper Calchaqui Valleys, which are considered to be the viticultural region of highest altitude in the World between 6,000 and 9,000 feet above sea level, far from the hustle and bustle of cities and closer to the sun.

The altitude factor has a positive impact on the quality of the grapes because the sun's ultraviolet rays are present in a higher concentration in this region than in lower altitudes. The higher the altitude, the more exposure the grapes receive from the sun's ultraviolet rays, which allow the grapes to generate a thicker and darker skin to protect itself from the rays. In this process, the grapes gets a higher concentration of aromas, color and flavor. It also generates anti-oxidant components that produce health benefits in wine.

Such impact becomes even greater here because the clear skies contribute to an even higher intensity of the sun. The difference between the hot sunny days and cool nights contributes to the homogenous and balanced development of sugars, colors, flavors and acid.

All this perfection can only lead up to a perfect wine and we certainly have one here. The lovely pear, peach and apple components married to the spice make it a perfect match for a crab salad or fish taco.

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