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91 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"Dark ruby-red. Cassis, licorice, bitter chocolate, mocha and sweet oak on the inviting nose. Seriously concentrated and dense but with a restrained sweetness to its intense flavors of black fruits and licorice. Finishes lush and long, with broad, mouthdusting tannins." - Stephen Tanzer (Jan/Feb '09)
91 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"A little scattered and jumbled at first, but once things settle this Bordeaux blend is impressive. Scents of clove, blackberry and grape candy are sincere, while the palate houses blueberry, cassis and other black-fruit flavors. The feel is tannic and a bit choppy, but the ribald finish of bacon, leather, vanilla and resin is convincing." — M.S. (12/31/2008)
91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2005 Perdriel Single Vineyard contains 60% Malbec with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It was fermented with native yeasts and aged for 16 months in new French oak. A saturated purple in color, it has a bouquet of cedar, smoke, pencil lead, black cherry, and black currant. Full-bodied on the palate, it has layered black fruits, plenty of savory, spice notes, good depth, and a lengthy, pure finish. It will benefit from another 3-4 years of cellaring and will be at its best from 2012 to 2020." -Jay Miller (Dec 2009
Notes from the Winemaker:
Characterized by an intense ruby-red color, ripe red fruit and spicy complex aromas, the Perdriel has velvety and sweet tannins with a long, harmonious finish.
In 1895 Engineer Edward James Palmer Norton arrives in Argentina to help build a railway across the Andes and falls in love with the terroir of Mendoza. Making a dramatic change, he decided to found his own vineyard in Luján de Cuyo with vines imported from France, thus becoming an ambassador for quality Argentinian winemaking.
Bodega Norton has five vineyards spread over the main terroirs of the province of Mendoza, foothills of the Andes Mountains, all of them within a privileged zone known as the First Zone for the quality of its grapes. It is not just geographical location that influences the quality of their wines, but the age of their vines. Their average age is around 30 years, but they also have a large number of hectares planted with more than 80-year-old.
Perdriel: This is the original Norton property, where the winery is located. With a hundred years of continuous cultivation, it consists of 100 hectares, almost entirely planted 3200 feet above sea level, with vines aged between 30 and 50 years old. The terroir offers a combination of poor soils and cold air coming from the mountain, which produces aromatic and concentrated white and red grapes, perfect for making powerful and elegant high-end wines. It excels in the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec varieties.