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Norton

Norton Wine Details
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Description: Norton (also known as Cynthiana) is a North American red grape that produces a distinctive complex dry wine with lively fruit and soft tannins. Norton was the very first grape we planted at TCV and we use it for our premium red. The 2005 Norton is powerful in the mouth, with a rich, yet supple finish due to its rounded and soft tannins. The fruit has cherry and red currants mingling with sweet toasty flavors from a small amount of new American oak. It is a blend of 75% Norton, 15% Syrah and 10% Malbec. It can be consumed young or aged for 5-10 years for further development in the bottle. We recommend breathing it for at least an hour before serving.

Varietal Definition
Norton:
In 1835, Dr. Daniel Norton of Virginia developed this grape varietal that was originally known as the Virginia Seedling. Widely planted in the Midwest (where it is sometimes called Cynthiana), it has become a source of interest to East Coast vintners in recent years. It produces a dark, inky wine with flavors of plums and cherries. Horton Vineyards in Virginia is particularly interested in reviving the grape's reputation. In the South, look for Norton (or Cynthiana) from Moonrise Bay, Mountain Valley, Three Sisters, Tiger Mountain and Tennessee Valley.
Cynthiana:
Known to be identical to the Norton grape.This american hybrid grape is found mainly in the warmer regions of the southeast U.S. Taste and aroma characteristics of the light red wine are said to include coffee and spicy flavors.
Lenoir:
This red-fleshed grape is a popular variety in Texas, where it is sometimes blended with Ruby Cabernet to make red table wine. It is highly resistant to Pierce’s disease, which makes it a good match for the hot and often humid Texas climate. It thrives best in deep, sandy soils. Originally, Black Spanish was used as a wine at Communion. At one time, along with Mission, Lenoir was one of Texas’s most planted varietals. Acreage in the state is now on the decline, although it still maintains a presence in the state, particularly in the few wineries located near the Gulf of Mexico.


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