93 Points Wine Enthusiast : 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.
91 Points Wine Advocate :
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.
Deep rich and succulent. Extraordinary smooth fruity start through finish. Will definitely keep a few cases around for aging.
Edmund James Palmer Norton first set eyes on Mendoza countryside during the construction of a train line that joined Mendoza and Chile. Very impressed by the terroir, he founded Bodega Norton, south of the Mendoza River, with a plantation of vines imported from France. The Austrian businessman Gernot Langes-Swarovski bought Bodega Norton after sensing the great potential of Argentina to influence the world scene. Struck by the beauty of the area and the optimal conditions for growing grapes, he chose Bodega Norton because it was the only traditional winery surrounded by its own vineyard.
La Colonia Is an unusual vineyard in the region of Luján de Cuyo because of its sheer size: 1,045 cultivable hectares, of which 450 are planted with all the varieties of grape that are produced in the winery, among them are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Malbec. The soil is mostly alluvial with a preponderance of sand and stones.