Argentinian wines are superb! I love this area in the world for wine because they produce great sparkling wine, white, and red wines. I had the pleasure of having lunch with Bodega Norton who is celebrating 125 years this year!
This winery is well known across the globe, and I’m sure somewhere or sometime in your life, you have had one of there wines. We started with the Bodega Norton 101 Bubbles, which was a beautiful and delicate wine. It has a nice lively aroma with fresh citrus and attractive minerality. Paired alongside the sparkling was a delicious Ceasar Salad, that went well with the bubbly because of its tangy parmesan flavor.
After we enjoyed the 2018 Bodega Norton Reserva Malbec and the 2016 Privada with Bucatini Alla Gricia with guanciale and pecorino. It was a delectable combination. The reserva is what I know Norton to taste like, and I am a huge fan of the wine. For the Privada however, since it’s a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, it really complimented the Bucatini and also was stunning as a wine on its own.
For the third course, we enjoyed the 2016 Bodega Norton Gernot Langes, paired with Bistecca with brussels sprouts, and crisp parmesan potatoes. The Gernot Langes is a beautiful wine made from Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon, and has beautiful earth, spice, and fruit notes. This wine expresses everything we love about Argentinian wine, such as power and fruit. It has a nice backbone and a long finish that also makes it pair well with cheeses.
Since there was still more in the glass, we were able to try these wines with a selection of Montealva, Casatica di Bufala, and Project Snowbird Cheeses. Norton’s wine team also brought along some special vintages from the cellar, to pair alongside the cheeses as well. We had the extreme pleasure to taste some not available vintages from the Gernot Langes 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2006! All the vintages are the same blend, 70% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s a beautiful blend and just shows you how well these wines can age. 2010 still tasted young, as it could easily go another 5-7 years (I’m sure more). 2006 was drinking beautifully and was just out of this world.
All in all, lately I have been looking for more than just Malbec from Argentina, and I am happy Bodega Norton has a great line of wines, that are perfect for any palate, and any time of year! Prices for these wines range from $12.99-21.99.
Always remember, eat what you like and drink what you love. Please pair responsibly.