2016 Bodega Norton Privada (750ml)

Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina

2016 Bodega Norton Privada
93V
93JS

Bright, dark ruby. Very pure aromas of cassis, blackberry, licorice and dark chocolate are lifted by a building violet topnote. Dry but flavorful black fruit and dark chocolate flavors are still youthfully tight but already display a very sophisticated texture. There's a coolness and clarity here from the 2016 vintage but also very good fruit ripeness and chalky minerality. Finishes with strong but refined tannins and a note of salty minerality. This juicy, penetrating, very long blend is youthfully primary now and needs more time in bottle to expand. It may well eventually merit an even higher rating. (6.22 g/l acidity; aged in 50% new and 50% once-used French oak barrels; made from several low-yielding blocks around Luján de Cuyo)

93+ points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (Sep 2019)

Impressive depth and richness, as well as balance and freshness here. The dark plums and berries hold very focused and even. Great length to the fresh, spicy finish. A blend of malbec, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. Drink or hold.

93 points, James Suckling (Mar 2019)

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