Bodega Norton Privada 2011
Bordeaux Red Blends from Argentina, South America
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.
Wine Enthusiast - "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."
Wine Spectator - "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."
International Wine Cellar - "(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."
The Wine Advocate - "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."
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Bodega Norton Winery
Astonished at the features of the place, and pushed by his visionary spirit, in 1895, an English Engineer, Mr. Edmund J. P. Norton planted the first vines importing them from France, thereby giving origin to what was the first winery in the area.
Almost 100 years later, Austrian businessman, Mr. Gernot Langes–Swarovski, travelled to Mendoza and experienced the same fascination for the region beauty, the warmth of its people, and the excellent conditions for vine growing. Supporting his decision in his intuition and in the fact that he was convinced of the high potential the vitiniculture represented in Argentina, in 1989, he acquired the Winery with the following firm aim: to make wines recognized worldwide for their quality. While executing this project, he appointed his son Michael as the person responsible for the management of the company, who, jointly with a team of local professionals started a new phase of investment, revamping and growth.
In that way, the incorporation of top-notch technology together with the knowledge and passion of people, have caused Norton to be the leading brand in exports and one of the country´s most important Wineries.
Our 5 farms have over 1200 ha fit for growing vine, 680 ha out of which are currently cultivated. Over 150 families of vineyard workers live and work there, sharing secrets and experiences from generation to generation. This knowledge and passion for the work, combined with the professionalism of our team of agricultural engineers result in products with excellence. View all Bodega Norton Wines
About ArgentinaView a map of Argentina wineries (ahr-jen-TEE-nah)
Notable FactsUnlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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1 rating, 1 with reviewW Bishop - Oakland, CA49/2/2014
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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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
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.
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