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.

Top Picks for Norton

Hermannhof 2012 Little Mountain Vineyard Norton
91 points
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of craisin, clay, blackberry vinaigrette, and oily nuts with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, appealing, medium-long finish with notes of pickled beets and purple carrots, blood orange, and nut skin with chewy, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A rich, chewy, mature red with a great savory character that will be superb with game; drink now.
91 points $22.99
Stone Hill 2015 Estate Norton
89 points
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of dried blueberry, watermelon candies, plump olives, elderflower, and thyme with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and an even, subtle, medium-long finish that presents notes of cafe latte and roasted root vegetables with light oak flavor. A complex and expressive red; branch out and try this Missouri wine that offers elegance and finesse.
89 points $18.99
Augusta Winery 2017 Estate Bottled Norton
87 points
Best Buy
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 Winery NV  Norton
87 points
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas of milk chocolate, mixed berry compote, and rich custard sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg with a creamy, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with light oak flavor. A rich and flavorful Norton with big fruit.
87 points $12 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.