Bodega Norton Privada 2011 Review, Tasting Notes, Food PairingsThis Norton Privada 2011 review is part of our value wine series.  A series of articles aimed at exposing great tasting wines that won’t break the bank.  Learn about Norton Privada tasting notes, food pairings and a brief background on the wine.

Bodega Norton Privada 2011 – Red Wine from Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina

Bodega Norton continues to pump out a variety of wines from Mendoza that really never cease to disappoint.  Whether it’s their Malbec Reserva, the Barrel Select or their Privada, I’ve found great taste and value in their products.

Norton claims that their Privada wines were originally reserved for their private family cellar.  It’s an elegant blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot (Bordeaux blend enthusiasts anyone?).  Note that this wine is 14.8% ABV.  Vines grow at elevation (2788-3608 ft), and are between 50 and 80 years old. This particular blend is aged for 16 months in brand spanking new french oak — and then for an additional 12 months before it hits the shelves.  This blend really is great, and has received numerous 91+ ratings from both Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast.  You can find it at most major liquor and grocery stores priced between .99 and .  It’s also available online at

Related: Buy the current vintage of Bodega Norton’s Privada online (2013 vintage even better than 2011)

Bodega Norton Privada 2011 Tasting Notes

This is a full-bodied, predominantly dry red.  In the glass, we get a deep ruby hue with dark plum undertones.  On the nose, the Privada exhibits notes of bold but rounded black pepper, cherry and blueberry.  The opening palate is not unlike the nose, except add some velvety tannins, blackberry jam, red fruit and smoke.  It’s remarkably smooth for such a complex and concentrated wine.  Approaching the mid-palate, we get subtle hints of oak, cacao, cassis and stoney minerality.  Approaching the finish, additional hints of cafe, black cherry and plum sit a top lingering acidity and bits of black pepper smoke.  Overall, an incredibly smooth and well balanced wine from start to finish with no shortage of flavor.

Bodega Norton Privada 2011 Review, Tasting Notes, Food Pairings

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Norton Privada 2011 Food Pairings

This is the sort of rich fruity red blend that can be drank both with and without food.  However, if you choose to pair the Privada with food, consider matching its fruitiness with a bit of sweetness in your dish.  Grilled barbecue steak, barbecue chicken pizza, beef teriyaki or pulled pork sandwiches will be a hit at any lunch or dinner table.

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