This is by far my absolute favorite wine in the whole wide world. My father is an International wine judge and had come across this wine/winery several years ago and since it was a Virginia Winery, had asked me to get it for him. I sent him a case and then started seeing it in the local grocery stores. I always had some on hand when he came to visit and eventually got my little brother hooked as well (he's in NC). Every Christmas they both wanted bottles (or cases) as their gift. I quickly figured out that while the grocery stores sold the wine for about $12 a bottle, I could save money buy ordering cases through the ABC stores at under $9 per bottle. I haven't come across it recently, the winery has several other wines on the shelves at the grocery store, but the Norton has been hard to find. It sounds very Cat in the Hat-ish Norton from Horton. We were drinking the 1993 but I was excited to see they put out a 2003 as it is just as tasty.
2003 Horton Norton $12.00
75% Norton, 13% Mourvedre, 6% Syrah, 4% Tannat, 3% Grenache
Alcohol: 13.1% pH: 3.58 TA: 7.65
The vision of Horton Vineyards is to grow grapes ideally suited to the climate of the Old Dominion. This vision has led to the planting of French Rhone, Bordeaux and native Virginia grapes. Horton Vineyards is proud to re-introduce the famous Norton wine, the original Virginia Claret. Norton is a native Virginia grape that produced the internationally prize winning clarets of the Monticello Wine Company of Charlottesville in the late 1800's.
Our Norton has a dark, rich color and an intensely fruity aroma of plums and tart cherries. Ageing in oak for 14 months has given this wine a long, flavorful, spicy finish. A wine for game, grilled sausages, and spicy ethnic foods.
The illustration on the label was commissioned by Congress for the National Agricultural Library. Painting by C.L. Fleischman, 1867.