100% Malbec from Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina.
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From the bottle:
“Bodega Norton was founded in 1895 at the Mendoza River Valley. The estate winery is located at the foothills of the Andes, at altitudes ranging between 850 to 1100 m. above sea level. “Reserva” is made from carefully selected grapes from vineyards more than 30 years old. The wine is aged 12 months in French oak barrels and then additionally in bottles before release. Our people’s passion, together with the harmonious coexistence of fruit and oak over time, have made this a great wine, characterized by its elegance and complexity.
Today’s wine is a great example of how a little air can transform a wine into something special. In many of our reviews you’ll hear us recommend giving a wine an hour or so in the glass to “open up”. It’s called decanting and the effect of a little oxygen can be quite dramatic in some wines, something we discussed in this experiment.
It’s also the reason we never post reviews based on one or two sips taken at tastings where wine after wine is sipped, spit and then judged. For us drinking wine “normally” means opening a bottle and enjoying it over a long period of time, with and without food, and even coming back to it the next day to see how it has held up. (After all, many of us don’t polish off a whole bottle every night, so if you’re going to pay for it you want to make sure it can hold up over a couple nights!)
Today we have one of those bottles that if popped, poured and tasted you might dismiss straight away. However, give it a little air and it transforms dramatically into a fantastic wine, one we gave a 9/10 taste rating!
The 2011 Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva begins with loads of blackberry, nice perfumed floral notes and a hint of vanilla on the nose. The bouquet is a bit shy when first opened but give it an hour or so and the metamorphosis is stunning. The wine tastes ripe and rich with lots more dark fruit, plenty of toasty oak (mostly in the form of dark chocolate and tobacco) and a silky smooth texture. It ends long and dry with tart fruit, cola, licorice and tobacco. A fantastic and food flexible wine that shows why you should never judge a bottle too quickly!
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Overall Rating: 8.0
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