2009 Bodegas Norton "Privada" Mendoza

SKU #1107117 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2012* Solid and brimming with more potential than it’s displaying, this Bordeaux-style blend of Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon starts with aromas of graham cracker, lush berry and pastry. It feels perfectly framed by acidity and tannins, with spicy, complex blackberry and cassis flavors. Toasty and a mile long on the finish, drink this from 2014–2020. Cellar Selection.  (6/2012)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 In addition to the varietal wines, Norton also produces several blends. The 2009 Privada is made up of 40% Malbec, 30% Merlot, and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from vines ranging in age from 50 to 80 years old, fermented with native yeasts, and raised for 16 months in new French oak. It is a complex offering with an elegant personality, layers of succulent fruit, ample structure, and 2-3 years of aging potential. This outstanding value will be at its best from 2013 to 2024.  (12/2011)

91 points Wine Spectator

 This dark red really opens up in the glass, with dense notes of blueberry paste, kirsch and spicy plum. There’s grip, but it’s all fruit, spice and light mocha notes on the finish. Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2014  (8/2012)

K&L Notes

Bodegas Norton is back in a big way with their Privada bottling from the very solid 2009 vintage. As was the case in many other regions throughout the world, 2009 was very successful in Mendoza, allowing for a balance of rich, generous texture and fresh, supple fruit. It is all about the blend in this wine, with nearly equal parts Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot contributing. Cedar and currant aromas lead to lots of red fruits on the palate, with cherries and recently ripened red plums leading the way. Given the balance of fruit and freshness in this wine, it should provide lots of pleasure at the dinner table now and over the next few years.

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/11/2012 | Send Email
Though I'm not a "brand hater" (indeed, there are many great brands which consistently produce good wines), I will admit an occasional prejudice against bigger, better known names. Not for any particular reason, other than the fact that there are so many smaller producers creating great wines which we love to discover and support. Let's just say that the larger guys need to continually prove themselves and earn a spot here. And this year, Norton really earned it. Their 2009 privada bottling is all pure, fresh, focused red fruits, with a satisfying texture and persistent finish. For the price, you could not ask for a tastier new world Malbec Cab blend.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/27/2012 | Send Email
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Looking for a great value? Then your search has ended with the 2009 Norton "Privada". This wine offers up a great nose of blackberries & spice while on the palate the wine displays gorgeous notes of black cherry, blackberry, chocolate notes and subtle hints of herbs and earth. This wine has great balance with rich fruit, smooth tannins, good acidity and a sexy, soft finish. This wine is very tasty and versatile enough to be enjoyed on its own or paired with almost any hearty red meat dishes.
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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.
Alcohol Content (%): 14