Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Norton Malbec Reserva 2010

I previously mentioned that the Bodega Norton Malbec Mendozza 2010 from Argentina was #36 in the 2013 Wine Spectator top 100 wines.  This is a high honor, especially for a wine moderately priced at $20 or less.  This wine is rated 92 points by Wine Spectator and 92 points by Wine Enthusiast.  The incredible thing is that this wine costs $10.99 at Costco ($13.99 at Total Wine).  We can enjoy a world class wine on a Wine Joe budget.  You can expect to pay up to $20 elsewhere.

A word of advice is to open this bottle of wine at least 30 minutes before you want to drink it.  I guarantee that you will like it much better.  Wine Enthusiast says "opaque purple and thick in the glass, this wine has inky, supercharged aromas of blackberry and spice.  It feels amped up, but balanced, with more intensity and clarity than what most other $18 reds offer.  The flavors of wild berry, mild herb and chocalot finish in a rich, toasty wrapping." 

This wine is aged 12 months in oak and around 2 years in the bottle.  It has 14.5% A.C.  I find that the tannins are in the medium range, but clearly enough to accompany a steak or grilled pork chop.

SC Wine Joe Rating = 92  (who am I to argue with the ratings listed above?)