Bodega Norton Privada 2011

Bordeaux Red Blends from Argentina, South America

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Item No. 134312
  • red wine
  • WE93
  • WS91
  • ST91
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.8%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2003
  • WS91
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Winemaker's Notes

Bodega Norton Privada is a ruby red color of remarkable intensity. The wine offers excellent aromatic complexity with notes of ripe fruit and a fine touch of smoke and coffee. Rich on the palate with an excellent concentration.

Critical Acclaim

"As per usual, Privada displays qualities beyond its price point. This version of Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is smoky on the nose, with charcoal, minerals and toast capping crusty berry aromas. The palate is super ripe and healthy in feel, with baked blackberry flavors smothered in toasty oak and chocolate. Warmth, coffee and Port notes drive the finish."
93 Points

"Dark and structured, this red leads with a smoky edge to its dense cassis, macerated plum skin and grilled fig notes, showing hints of anise, wild flowers and tar weaving through the long finish. Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon."
91 Points

"(a blend of 40% malbec, 30% merlot and 30% cabernet sauvignon): Good saturated medium ruby. Sexy, inviting aromas of cassis, black cherry, licorice, bitter chocolate and espresso, lifted by a violet topnote; plenty of evidence of expensive oak. Pliant and generous on the palate, with the sweet oak component complementing but not overshadowing the flavors of currant, mocha and tobacco. Ripe but not at all roasted--or overextracted--showing lovely inner-mouth floral lift. Finishes with firm but smooth tannins that coat the tongue. This very suave wine is balanced to give early pleasure but should age gracefully."
91 Points

"The 2011 Privada Blend is composed of 40% Malbec, 30% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is dark cherry-colored with abundant notes of smoked bacon and dark fruit aromas. The palate reveals a powerful, ripe wine, medium to full-bodied, with good structure and ripe acidity."
90 Points

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W Bishop - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

Style: Big & Bold
YUM! This wine is a wonderful example of an Argentinian red blend, and a steal at this price. Intense flavors of cooked berries and dark fruit; aromas of smoked meat, and a hint of black licorice. Smooth, well integrated tannins. This wine is awesome!
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