Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2011 ReviewBodega Norton Malbec Reserva from Mendoza, Argentina.

Vintage: 2011
Wine Spectator Rating: 92

Tonight we’re going to take a look at Bodega Norton’s 2011 Malbec Reserva.  It’s been a few days since I’ve posted last, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been drinking wine.  Meandering coast-to-coast to see family and friends around the holiday season has wiped me out, so I’m stoked to get back into the grind of drinking and writing and temporarily be in one place.  SO what’s the Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva all about?

Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2011 Review

The 2011 Norton Malbec Reserva is a bright, full-bodied and bold wine.  I would give it some time to breathe, ideally in a decanter.  It’s definitely a little ‘tight’ on the opening and the acid could use some time to balance out.  The first time I tried it I let it sit for about 10 minutes.  The second time for about an hour.  The hour worked MUCH better.  The Reverse Wine Snob agrees with me.

Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2011 Tasting Notes

When you dive into this, expect good acidity on the opening, rugged tannins and hints of red fruit…along the lines of red currant.  Elements of horsehide, and pomegranate start to become noticeable towards the mid palate.  There’s substantial spice in this wine, Asian white spice, cracked pepper and even notes of paprika come to mind.  As you near the close, hints of violet, new oriental carpet, barnyard door and black cherry all culminate in a medium-short finish.

Food Pairings with the Norton Malbec Reserva

This is a sharp Malbec from Bodega Norton that is not for everybody.  When I say sharp, I don’t mean that in a negative way.  It’s a rugged full-bodied wine that for some may be an acquired taste. Ideal pairings for this Malbec include sharp cheeses, poultry and a wide range of grilled meat.

The 2011 Norton Malbec Reserva is a very well priced wine from a beautiful region in Mendoza, Argentina.  I found it at my local grocery store in Texas (HEB) for under $13. The Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2011 is also on sale at if you want it delivered.

Have you tried Bodega Norton’s Malbec Reserva?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments.  Remember that wine tasting is dependent upon YOU and what your senses have played with in the past!

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  • Pam

    Will this vintage still be good today if kept at home at room temperature s?

    • Hi Pam,

      It should be fine, as long as the temperature has been consistent and the bottle hasn’t been moved much. Hopefully your room temperate is typically below 70F. I prefer my Malbec’s a little bit younger, to preserve more of the blue fruit, but 2011 was a legendary year for Mendoza Malbec so if any vintage will last — it’s this one.

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