2015 Bodegas Norton "Privada" Family Blend Mendoza SKU #1400905

Price: $21.99

JS 95 W&S 93 WE 92
WS 92 RP 91 VN 91
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Staff Reviews

  • Will Blakely
    By: Will Blakely
    2/21/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    2/20/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    2/20/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Trey Beffa
    By: Trey Beffa
    2/20/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    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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