Bodega Norton Malbec Barrel SelectBodega Norton Malbec Barrel Select from Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina

Vintage: 2012

This is an inky, flavor-packed and bright red wine by Bodega Norton.  The Bodega Norton Malbec Barrel Select is for those of us who like a little “kick” with our wine.  Malbec’s in general aren’t slouchy vins, but this was a nice treat.  We’ve reviewed other Malbec and red wine blends by Bodega Norton before, but the Barrel Select wine line is something I’m still exploring.  This is a 100% Malbec that’s aged for one year in first or second use French oak barrels and then for another 6 in the bottle before release.

My initial impression with this wine was that it’s more of a sipper.  Lot’s of big tannins with currant and spice notes that would pair nicely with a fancy steak burrito.  But the best part is, you can find it for under $12.  Glad I finally took the plunge with this one.

Bodega Norton Malbec Barrel Select Tasting Notes

In the glass, this wine follows your typical Malbec aesthetics, dark red cherry and violet throughout with the signature pink rim job.  On the nose, it’s deceptive fruity with blueberry, strawberry and vanilla undertones popping.  On the opening palate, the wine tastes bright with red currant, cracked red pepper spice with raspberry and medium acid.  Mid-palate we get astringency and some good notes of pepper, dried shrub and subtle oak undertones.  Towards the close, tannins stay bold while notes of cassis and ripe red cherry and dragonfruit perpetuate through the long upbeat finish.

Conclusions

A wine for those of us who want complexity and depth.  Not the best of balances in the 2012 vintage, but still a great value for around $12.  If you come across the 2009 Privada or Barrel Select, do not pass it by.  Wine.com frequently carries many of the best Norton vintages while supplies last.  Try using coupon code FIVEOFF with this link for $5 off purchases of $75 or more.

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