It must be nice when you really, really, don’t need the money.
That was certainly the case when Austrian Billionaire Gernot Langes-Swarovski decided to purchase Bodega Norton – one of Mendoza’s oldest properties and the region’s only traditional winery surrounded by its own vines. But this was no idle investment, Gernot spared no expense in perfecting a world-class winemaking facility and team – even installing his son to oversee the entire operation.
The accolades began almost immediately, but they’ve grown even more spectacular since up-and-coming winemaker, David Bonomi joined the team in 2002. David made several ‘up and comer’/’winemakers to watch’ lists before landing on “Decanter’s South America’s Top 10 Winemakers” list in 2017. But this year – Bodega Norton’s 125th anniversary – brought the young man the title of ‘Winemaker of the Year’ from Decanter’s preeminent South American wine writer, Tim Atkins.
The ascent in recognition was spearheaded by almost universal record high ratings from the press. But one wine quietly existed for decades without a single rating or review. Because when you don’t need the money … you can set aside the estate’s most mature parcels for a single Bordeaux-styled cuvee each year, reserved just for family and friends.
Known just as ‘Privada Family Blend’, this has been slowly released to the general public over the last several years. Consequently the press has caught up. Five publications raved about this under $20 gem, each rewarding it with 91 points or more. You’d be smart to snag a few bottles before it’s too late!
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95 Points, James Suckling
Enticing roasted spices, peppermint and cocoa powder oozing from the glass, knitting the ripe, lustrous black fruit. Rich and full-bodied, but not jammy. Good density of flavors to chew on with a solid, velvety tannin structure. Lots of verve. Lengthy finish. Serious stuff. A blend of malbec, cabernet sauvignon and merlot.
92 Points, Vinous
If prizes are being given out for the great blends of Argentina, Privada certainly makes the podium. A mixture of 40% Malbec, 30% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon from Luján de Cuyo, this is a mature, fragrant red with a nose of plum jam, pepper and blueberry. Substantial and expressive on the palate, its flow is slow, sweet and voluminous, managing to create a sensation that is both delicate and intense at the same time. The aftertaste is fruity and impactful. A jewel among Bordeaux-style Argentine wines.
92 Points, Wine Enthusiast
A black color backed by smoky aromas of blackberry, cassis, black olive and raw oak open this burly Bordeaux-style blend. Oak-based tannins make for a palate with resiny grab, while this is packed with toasty blackberry and herbal flavors. On the finish, this simmers with heat and oak before slipping away.