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95 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
This is a supreme small-lot Argentine wine from lauded winemaker Jorge Riccitelli. The blend is 70% Malbec with 20% Cabernet and 10% Merlot. Aromas of loam, wild berry and vanilla are elegant and exciting. This is silky smooth, with creamy oak and ripe black-fruit flavors playing together through a mellow, plush finish.
Bordeaux Style Red Blend - 70% Malbec, 20% Cabernet and 10% Merlot.
Appellation: Finca Perdriel and Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina.
Aging: 100% of wine is aged for 16 months in new French oak barrels.
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.