Over my many weeks of recuperation from heart surgery I spent a fair amount of time working on lists of potential blog articles and creating files on those topics.
As I was going through stacks of papers and files that I had brought from my office, I discovered a file on a wine that I had tasted, made notes on, but never shared the wine with all of you. The wine was the 2014 Norton Reserva Malbec. This wine falls in my 90 Point Wines for Under $20.00 category.
2014 Norton Reserva Malbec
Bodega (a wine shop or cellar) Norton Wines was founded in 1895 in the Mendoza River Valley in Argentina. Argentina is near the southern part of South America.
The Reserva Malbec came from a region in the Mendoza Appellation known as Luján de Cuyo. This area is widely considered by some as the prime zone for growing grapes in the Mendoza Province.
The wine is made from 100% Malbec grapes that were hand harvested from grape vines that are 30 and 50 years old. The wine was aged in 100% oak barrels that were either new or second use. The wine was bottled 10 months before release. The wine has an alcohol level of 14.3%, which makes this a heavy-bodied wine
This wine was a great example of a wine that needed a little air, letting a wine open before you taste it can transform many wines into something special. I would recommend you decant this wine for an hour before drinking.
The color of the wine was deep red…almost purple. The wine was closed out of the bottle and required 15 to 20 minutes in my glass before it began to open. Once it opened, there were hints of ripe black fruits. On the palate the wine tasted of tobacco, black fruit and there were hints of floral scents. The finish was mild with slow tannins, but of a reasonable long length.
The wine scored well by a number of wine critics. The scores were:
- Falstaff Magazine: 91/100
- Wine Spectator Magazine: 90/100
- James Suckling: 91/100
- Cellar Tracker: 87/100
I purchased the wine at Chalet Party Shoppe in Elkhart for about $16.60 a bottle. This wine is going to drink well through 2020. This is a good value wine and I would recommend it for your cellar. Just remember to decant it before drinking.
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