Your Tuesday wine: Norton Reserve Malbec

Norton_Reserva_Malbec_Estuche[1]BODEGA NORTON, one of Argentina’s premier wineries and certainly one of the oldest in modern times, was founded in 1895. After changing hands and much upgrading and modernizing, it was among the first to export high-quality wines in the early 1990s. In 2006, Wine Spectator nominated Bodega Norton as one of the top 20 wineries in the world and from then on the accolades from major wine magazines poured in.

Bodega Norton Malbec Reserve Mendoza Argentina 2012, $15: This highly rated Malbec — five stars at just about every online wine store — is packed with bold, dark, briary fruit, some herbal notes and vanilla all nicely wrapped in toasty oak and supported by a spine of acidity. The fruit is off select older vines and the wine gets 12 months in French oak — that’s a lot of expense and hands-on work for a wine at this price. But that’s what has made the Norton Reserve Malbec so widely acclaimed. And it holds together amazing well long after you open the bottle. In fact, I would open the bottle ahead of time to allow some oxygen in to help the flavors relax and come together.

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