Black black purple with nearly no edge. Zin-like fruit-forwardness, plummy and cloyingly ripe over-rides all initially but settles down to huge earthy goodness. Cold chocolate frosting, rife with tobacco and heady stemminess. After an hour or two a fat voluptuous, dripping ripe nectar and pepper-berry fruit. Heavy oak pervades all and runs everything into smooooooooth caramel spice easiness.
If you’re gonna have to drink Malbec, I can think of a lot of ways to do it worse. This is all I could dig up for National Malbec Day–everything else being tiny amounts in BDX blends. I never have been miserably fond of this grape by itself from California producers–I’d prob put it maybe just slightly above Petit Verdot as a bad choice in stand-alone varieties. But put it in the hands of Argentina or Cahors and suddenly we have a world-class wine.
Fairly forgettable in the mouth–which again, CAN be somewhat of a plus with Malbec. Don’t forget this is only about a 15$ wine–and drinks quite well, big dusky fruit goes pepper mid-palate and heads off into the fairly tannic finish. They’ve managed to shed all of the funky earthy things bec lovers crave on this one and that is probably why I am enjoying it so much. I don’t think I would want to taste this without the ‘Riserva’ portion attached.
2009 BODEGA NORTON Malbec Reserva Mendoza 14.5