You can read on our blog about Norton, which is the official grape of the State of Missouri. So, as you might imagine, we tasted a lot of Norton from Missouri. In fact, we tasted so much Norton that here we give you the five best:
A full-bodied wine that you note from the very first smell. Unctuous. Super smooth. Notes of raspberry and minerality. Refined, balanced tannins with a nice long finish. An easy yet bold wine to drink. We imagine this paired with a beautiful cheeseboard.
Toasted marshmallow and caramel on the nose. It smells so delicious that you can’t wait to drink it. A fruit-forward wine that would be great with red meat or Italian red sauce. Reminds us a bit of a Primitivo or Montalcino. It is full-bodied with good acid and a nice long finish. Very easy on the palate and approachable right now.
Aroma of mixed berries. Balanced fruit taste and a long, fruity finish. Low acid for a Norton. This would pair well with lamb. California wine drinkers might think it smells like a Pinot Noir but tastes like a Zinfandel. This wine is ready to enjoy now but has a long life.
This wine was aged in oak and you detect notes of plum and dark cherries. It pairs well with smoked meats and sharp cheeses. A tasty wine.
Winemaker Jean-Louis Horvilleur is to be commended for making such an approachable Norton for such a young vintage. We love the deep, intense color in the glass. It has an aroma of a young Italian wine. It is fruit forward, layered, and balanced with medium tannins and a solid finish. Bravo!