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Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2007
Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2007
(search item no. 102773)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#90 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

Deep red color with hints of purple. Expressive on the nose with notes of ripe black fruits, violets, and tobacco. Long finish.

100%, 12 months in first and second use french oak barrels 10 months before release.

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About Bodega Norton:

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.



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Achaval-Ferrer Finca Altamira Malbec 2008
Achaval-Ferrer Finca Altamira Malbec 2008
(search item no. 106396)
boutique wine
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $95.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

All our wines are bottled without fining or filtering. There is additional risk in this, but we prefer not to stripe the wine of subtle flavors and aromas. The formation of deposits in the bottle will be noticeable after some cellaring time. This is no way affects quality. We strongly recommend decanting this wine at least an hour before drinking.
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About Achával-Ferrer :

Founded in 1998, Achaval-Ferrer is a team of friends who dream about great wines. Achaval-Ferrer is also a collection of old vineyards in beautiful places. They are committed to the production of wines that are expressive of their terroir. They are a small winery because this is the key to top quality. Low yields allow the vineyards to express their personality in the grapes. Low intervention winemaking allows the grapes to fully express their vineyard in the bottle. Each of their wines is a different expresson of Malbec: The Mendoza Malbec is about varietal tipicity. Their Quimera blend is about Malbec as the key to complexity and balance. And their Fincas (Single Vineyards) are about how Malbec expresses different soils and microclimates.


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Luca Malbec 2008
Luca Malbec 2008
(search item no. 100262)
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $32.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is a great example of Mendoza Malbec. Incredible color—could use it in an inkwell! Loads of spice and black cherry cola aromas with notes of cocoa. The berry flavors really pop on the palate as the wine has both good depth and very lively acidity that leads to an incredibly long finish. A bottom note of freshly brewed espresso keeps the mouth watering too. This one is a teenager at the moment, and should age very well (and not talk back when you don't give it the car keys!). Pairs well with foods such as venison or wild game, steak, pork, quail, all types of lamb, and medium-strong cheeses. A very flexible wine due to its concentration and balance.
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About Luca:

Laura Catena is a fourth generation winemaker who grew up in a traditional Argentine-Italian winemaking family in Mendoza. Laura splits her time between Mendoza and San Francisco, California, where she is an emergency physician, university professor and occasional tango dancer. Laura had the vision of creating a new breed of Argentine wines: small quantities, artisan quality, and true to their individual terroirs. A pioneer of small-grower relations in Mendoza, Laura's incredible, limited production wines come from some of Argentina's best fruit from low-yield, high-elevation, family-owned vineyards. The wines are named after her children - Luca, Dante and Nicola - and the background of the label is the McDermott coat of arms of her American husband, Daniel McDermott.