Bodega Norton Privada 2009
The robe (appearance) of this wine is darker than Kirsch-like opaque red and non-sanguine, but with an inviting scent of mint, autumnal leaves (North of 40), Himalayan Blackberry we proceed... and upon entry, this wine is full of generic red fruit and catnip (mint) with a medium to long finish and extant tannin. A great food wine that can last 3-5 more years but no need to wait on this one. 89 points.
Strong inky aromas, viscosity, and bottomless deep color raise expectations sky-high for this blend from an often pedestrian brand, even in a relatively unremarkable vintage, and the wine delivers. It begins with a high, smoky note and descends through red berries to a long stewed fruit finish. To be savored today or aged for tomorrow. (AV 93, http://argovino.com/?p=699)
This wine was a wonderful find! Assorted berry nose then luscious fruit, blueberry, red currant jelly. A big red that is well balanced with acid and tannins. Hints of earth and minerals and a long smooth finish that delights. Drinks very well right now! May be golden in the future. 93+
Two and a half glasses
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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.