At first blush, I thought I had found a winery from Virginia branching out to import some Argentinian Malbec like so many of the west coast houses seem to be doing. I’m not complaining, you understand. The more the merrier, I say. But then my muddled brain remembered that Norton is the name of the grape varietal that some Virginia winemakers are fermenting and bottling rather than the winery. Doh! Nonetheless, it was reason enough for me to give this bottle a closer look and put it in my shopping cart.
Notes: In the glass, the Norton was a deep red. On the nose I found earth, mushroom and berries. It was medium-bodied with racy acidity and medium tannins. Flavors for me were black raspberry, oak, zippy pepper, and a hint of meat over an underlying cherry. Toward the end, this wine presented a bitter note followed by a long cherry finish. Alcohol was at 14%. I liked it, simple as that.