Full Review

Stone Hill

Stone Hill
2015 Estate, Norton, Hermann

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Norton

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.8% RS: <1%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$18.99

Stone Hill
2015 Estate, Norton, Hermann

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Norton

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.8% RS: <1%
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.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: dried blueberry, watermelon candies, plump olives, elderflower, and thyme
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of cafe latte and roasted root vegetables
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Peking Duck, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A complex and expressive red; branch out and try this Missouri wine that offers elegance and finesse.

The Producer

Stone Hill Winery

The Producer
1110 Stone Hill Highway
Hermann, MO 65041
USA
1 573-486-2221

Their Portfolio

89 Stone Hill 2015 Estate, Norton, Hermann 13.8% (USA) $18.99.
87 Stone Hill NV Concord, Hermann 11.5% (USA) $12.00.
87 Stone Hill NV Semi-Sweet Steinberg White Wine, Hermann 12% (USA) $9.00.
86 Stone Hill NV Sweet Rosé Wine, Catawba, Hermann 11.5% (USA) $9.00.
92 Stone Hill 2019 Vignoles, Hermann 13% (USA) $24.00.
85 Stone Hill 2015 Port, Hermann 18.5% (USA) $35.00.
87 Stone Hill NV Cream Sherry, Hermann 19% (USA) $28.00.
92 Stone Hill NV Demi-Sec Sparkling Wine, Hermann 10.5% (USA) $20.00.
85 Stone Hill NV Montaigne Semi-Sweet Rosé , Hermann 12% (USA) $12.00.
BR Stone Hill NV Steinberg Red Semi-Sweet Wine, Hermann 12.8% (USA) $9.00. - Bronze Medal
87 Stone Hill NV Camellia Sweet Rosé, Hermann 8% (USA) $12.00.
86 Stone Hill 2017 Late Harvest, Vignoles, Hermann 10.7% (USA) $12.00.
BR Stone Hill NV Golden Rhine Sweet White Wine, Hermann 12% (USA) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Stone Hill NV Peach Flavored Wine, Hermann 11.2% (USA) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Stone Hill NV Blackberry Flavored Wine, Hermann 11% (USA) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Stone Hill NV Sangria, Hermann 12% (USA) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
93 Stone Hill NV Moscato, Hermann 8% (USA) $9.00.
90 Stone Hill 2019 Ozark Hellbender Red Blend, Ozark Mountain 13% (USA) $16.00.
90 Stone Hill 2019 Ozark Hellbender Red Blend, Ozark Mountain 13% (USA) $16.00.
90 Stone Hill 2019 Ozark Hellbender Red Blend, Ozark Mountain 13% (USA) $16.00.
88 Stone Hill NV Hermannsberger Red Blend, Hermann 13% (USA) $12.00.
90 Stone Hill Winery 2020 Norton, Hermann 13.5% (USA) $22.00.
86 Stone Hill Winery 2020 Chambourcin, Missouri 13.5% (USA) $18.00.
88 Stone Hill Winery 2020 Vignoles, Missouri 13% (USA) $16.00.
86 Stone Hill Winery 2021 Traminette, Ozark Mountain 11.5% (USA) $16.00.
85 Stone Hill Winery 2020 Chardonel, Hermann 13.4% (USA) $14.00.
85 Stone Hill Winery 2020 Vidal Blanc, Hermann 12.8% (USA) $10.00.
87 Stone Hill Winery NV Rosé Montainge, Missouri 12% (USA) $10.00.
88 Stone Hill Winery NV Raspberry Flavored Wine, Missouri 7% (USA) $14.00.
85 Stone Hill Winery NV Sweet Rosé, Pink Catawba, Missouri 11.5% (USA) $10.00.
91 Stone Hill Winery NV Concord, Missouri 11.5% (USA) $10.00.
BR Stone Hill Winery NV Golden Rhine, Missouri 12% (USA) $10.00. - Bronze Medal
87 Stone Hill Winery NV Moscato, Missouri 8% (USA) $16.00.
86 Stone Hill Winery NV Sangria, Missouri 12% (USA) $14.00.
92 Stone Hill Winery NV Cream Sherry, Missouri 19% (USA) $32.00.

Norton

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
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.

Fortunately, small quantities of norton had gravitated west to the vineyard areas of Missouri, as Missouri vintners were quick to realize the grape's affinity for their climate. It is here that small quantities survived prohibition and continue to be cultivated to this day. It was somehow ironic that the torch for Jefferson's dream of producing a Virginia claret was for many years burning most brightly 1000 miles to the west. Finally, in the late 1980s, Dennis Horton of Horton Vineyards brought cuttings of norton back to the Old Dominion from Missouri. The swashbuckling Horton, whom many consider the Randall Graham of the east, has been looked on with some bemusement for his norton revival; but the commercial and critical success he has received thus far may well portend further plantings.

Today, in both Virginia and Missouri, norton makes a very attractive red table wine. It is deep and inky in color, with a fragrant, plummy character. Though low in tannin, it is often aged in barrel--and in the case of Missouri's Mount Pleasant Winery, it is quite heavily extracted and well structured. In character, it might be most easily described as lighter in body than a merlot, while fuller than a pinot noir, with a natural streak of lean acidity. Eastern sangiovese, perhaps?

Norton has a deep color (crimson, purple) and aromas and flavors of plums, maraschino cherries and chocolate. Most examples are aged in oak, with many fermented in wood as well. Medium-full, many examples age well for five to seven years or longer. Pair with most red meats (especially lamb) or strong aged cheeses.