2009 Bodegas Norton "Privada" Mendoza
*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.
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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.
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
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.