2015 Bodegas Norton "Privada" Family Blend Mendoza

SKU #1400905 95 points James Suckling

 A very intense nose of blackberries, mulberries, violet extract, charcuterie, Indian spices and really flamboyant licorice. Full body, lots of juicy, grainy tannins, tangy acidity, tons of dark plum fruit and a long, chewy finish. With a little less wood and more polish, this would have scored even higher. A blend of malbec, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. Drink in 2022.  (1/2019)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 A blend of 40 percent Malbec with equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, this comes primarily from the Uco Valley and Luján de Cuyo. It aged 18 months in barrels, mostly used, and respects the fruit character, which prevails in the black cherry and violet notes of malbec, along with the herbal scents and firm tannins of cabernet. It’s a substantial wine with great freshness and dynamism.  (6/2018)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Ripe blackberry and black cherry aromas are a touch candied, with a hint of tree bark lending earthiness. The palate on this Bordeaux-style blend is full and lush, with a beam of tartaric acidity. Blackberry and cassis flavors weigh in by the ton, while this is toasty and coffee-flavored on a calm, rounded finish. Drink through 2024. (MS)  (9/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

 A rich chocolaty aroma leads to deeply spiced flavors of dark plum, kirsch and mocha. Creamy midpalate, with a finish that is filled with notes of cocoa powder and raspberry. Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2022. (KM)  (12/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 There is a slight name change in the Privada Proprietary Red Wine, which is now the 2015 Privada Family Blend, even though it's the same blend of 40% Malbec and 30% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from their vineyards in Luján de Cuyo. It's a cool vintage that fermented in concrete vats and matured for one year in French oak barrels, one-third new. Expressive and aromatic, with notes of herbs, berries and flowers, it’s balsamic, spicy, very balanced and more about harmony than power or concentration. It's elegant and accessible, very tasty. (LG)  (6/2018)

91 points Vinous

 (14% alcohol; 3.53 pH; aged in new and second-use French oak for 12 months): Bright full ruby. Very dark, primary, slightly reduced aromas of blackberry, cassis, licorice and herbs. Concentrated, dense and ripe but not heavy, with brooding flavors of blackberry and dark chocolate dominating. Quite bound-up in the early going and seemingly more backward than the 2014 bottling at the same stage. Finishes adamantly dry, with serious chocolatey tannins, sound acidity and very good length. (ST) 91+  (6/2018)


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By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/21/2019 | Send Email
This is a lot of wine for the price. From first pour, alluring aromas of violets and dark berries offer a suggestion of modern Bordeaux. On the palate, however, this distinctly new-world wine explodes with black and red berries, plum and a healthy dose of spice. Backed up by gravelly earth and rich mocha, the profile feels bold yet balanced. The tannins here are firm but not aggressive, making it a dream to drink. You might find yourself questioning whether the price is correct. I have good news: it is.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2019 | Send Email
Argentina has firmly staked its reputation on producing stylish bold reds at seemingly impossibly low prices. The Privada bottling from Bodegas Norton is a perfect example of that. Sourced from their oldest vineyards, where the vines range in age from 50 – 90 years, this Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot blend can easily compete with wines twice its price. I love how it glides across the palate leaving a trail of red berries, cocoa powder, and just a touch of mint. I would strongly recommend this wine to anyone who’s looking for a full-bodied red without hard or edgy tannins.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2019 | Send Email
While Mendoza is known for their single varietal Malbec, this bottling shows they can do a pretty killer red blend with the varietal as well. Rich in style, but with a healthy backbone of structure and acid for balance, I was impressed with the layers in this wine. The Malbec gives spice and dark fruits, the Merlot adds some softness, and the Cabernet gives a little kick of tannin to give a longer finish. This will make a great crowd-pleasing Bordeaux blend.

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2019 | Send Email
The 2015 Norton Privada is made from a selection of the wineries best barrels of Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine shows lots of “New World” characteristics. Rich, opulent and toasty, this wine shows a wonderful core of dark, spicy fruit. Hints of olive and sweet herbs add a layer of complexity. This wine is ready to enjoy now but will also develop nicely in a cellar over the next 5-10 years.

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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.
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Argentina

- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14