About Norton Red Wine

About Norton Red Wine
Norton was originally propagated in 1835 by D.N. Norton in Richmond, Virginia. The grape was the final product of Norton's efforts to develop a varietal that would be eminently suited to Virginia's warm and humid climate. Norton became the workhorse grape of Virginia's Monticello Wine Company in the late 1800s; the resultant wines won notoriety in tastings as far away as Paris. Thus, Virginia at that time became the center of the Eastern wine industry, and "Virginia Claret" was known far and wide. As is often the story in the US, prohibition changed all; the Virginia industry was flattened overnight.

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Augusta Winery 2017 Estate Bottled Norton
87 points
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Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of toasted almonds and coconut flakes, dark chocolate flakes, and dried berries with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A simple red quaffer that goes down easy.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Mount Pleasant Estates 2019  Norton
84 points
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit zest, crushed raspberry, black cherry, sun baked stone, and leather with a supple, lively, dry medium body and a sleek, stimulating, swift finish revealing accents of black raspberry, green tea, fresh marjoram, and black plum with fine, soft tannins and no oak flavor. A racy, flavorful Norton for everyday drinking.