2009 Bodegas Norton Privada Proprietary Red Blend

Year: 2009
Appellation: Mendoza
Country: Argentina
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
Price :
$17.95
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Malbec, Merlot, & Cabernet Sauvignon

"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. 6,000 cases imported." (WS)

"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." (WA)

"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. " (WE)

Winery Notes:
Privada was one of Norton’s first high-end wines. The wine’s name is inscribed on each bottle by Gernot Langes-Swarovski’s own hand, and it was originally reserved for family and close friends. With ample raspberry, fig bread, and mocha, this wine has a long, intensely complex finish and rich concentration.