I intentionally chose to highlight Horton Vineyards brand of Norton wine because Dennis Horton is in fact the pioneering Virginia winery owner that first re-introduced Norton to its long lost home, Virginia. Additionally, giving credit where credit is due, before we jump into Norton, Dennis Horton is also the first in Virginia to produce a Cabernet Franc varietal wine, and the first to successfully grow such varieties as Viognier, Malbec, Petit Manseng, Pinotage, Rkatsiteli, etc. in the Old Dominion. Pretty impressive achievements indeed!
Horton Vineyards Norton 2003
Review: The Horton Vineyards Norton 2003 is an intense and dark colored wine that clocks in at 13% alcohol by volume. On the nose are inviting fruit-filled aromas of plum and berry fruit with subtle 'concord' grapey hints. This wine is big in flavor, especially up front, mellowing out mid-palate with 'meet ya' at the door (firm) acidity and friendly tannins. The finish is medium length with a spicy kick, and at $12 per bottle is a good entry level to intermediate offering. In my opinion, this wine is a better match with foods such as poultry, beef and game dishes, than sipped on its own. For $12, you may just find a new grape to fall in love with!
If you have never tried Horton’s Norton, visit the winery and grab a bottle and taste what the buzz is all about for yourself. If you are out of state give the winery a call at 800.829.4633 and check out Horton’s Norton. While checking out the Norton, you might as well check out the Viognier as well – the 06 is pretty darn tasty. Remember, Horton usually has over 35 wines to sample, no tasting fees, and is one of Virginia’s largest and oldest pioneering producers.
Horton Vineyards - 6399 Spotswood Trail, Gordonsville, VA 22942, Phone: 540-832-7440
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