VARIETAL INFORMATION: The Norton grape is a true native American grape of the species vitis aestivalis and the official state grape of Missouri. Since the Norton grape evolved under midwestern, continental growing conditions, it is perfectly suited to our long, warm summers and cold winters. In addition, it is blessed with a natural resistance to all types of fungal disease. Our Estate Bottled Norton is produced from 100 percent estate-grown Norton grapes from our Cross J Vineyard. This small vineyard surrounds Jim and Betty Held's home on a stunning hilltop overlooking the Missouri River. Their goal with this vineyard is simple: to produce the finest wine possible. Careful fermentation on the skins is followed by 12 months of aging in European and American oak barrels. In contrast to our regular Estate Bottled Norton, we use a higher percentage of new and European oak in our Cross J Vineyard Norton.
TASTING INFORMATION: This unique single-vineyard Norton comes from our beautiful Cross J Vineyard high above the Missouri River; however, dramatic views of the river below are not all the vineyard produces. The Cross J Norton displays deliciously ripe red cherry, blueberry backed by complex notes of lavender infused dark chocolate with warm earthy tones. The wine has a lovely creamy and full texture with some armoire like flavors and silky smooth tannins that melts in your mouth like Belgium chocolate. Utterly irresistible now, the Cross J Norton should continue to develop in the bottle for several years. (750 ml)
Silver - 2019 Missouri Wine Competition
Silver - 2018 Missouri Wine Competition