Common synonyms: Cynthiana, Norton, Norton's Seedling, Norton's Virginia, Norton's Virginia Seedling, Red River, Virginia Seedling

Parentage of the grape: Norton is a hybrid between Vitis aestivalis and Vitis labrusca linne

History of the grape: Norton was first created in the experimental garden of the eccentric Dr. Daniel Norton in 1820s Richmond, VA. His intention was to produce a truly American grape variety that could withstand harsh climates while producing palatable wine. In this, he succeeded where everyone from the Jamestown colonists to Thomas Jefferson failed. Having been picked up by an important seed catalog, the grape made its way west to Missouri, where German immigrants adopted it and began producing quality wine from it. In 1873, with France still suffering from the devastating Phylloxera epidemic, they created a wine that won a gold medal at a major international exhibition. It seemed the grape’s future was bright, but then, with the onset of prohibition, those Read more »

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  • 2 days after Thanksgiving - How many are still eating leftovers - I am and am ... ... a totally enjoyable 2012 Norton Reserve Malbec. The 1st pour was dynamic with large notes of violets, pansy, blackberry, earth and leather jumping out of the glass. Following to the palate added dark plum and cocoa notes gave extra complexity. The tannins wer... Read More

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  • Yes, I too can appreciate most wines... even those (if vinified properly and ... ... de Chaunac, Chancellor, Norton).  I have never tried Norton, but is said to be quite good... although the parentage seems vague, with some European and North American genealogy.I think it is just preference, and I don't think mine s particularly strong; it is... Read More

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  • A box sitting in corner of the porch Had this (glad I saw it - got cold last ... Eroica Riesling and the 2015 Norton Malbec Reser Read More

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  • Bodega Norton Perdriel Malbec Perdriel Colección 2014


    Thought this would be rather dry but it wasn't too bad for a malbec. Well balanced. Read More

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  • This is probably another waste of space on my part, but here goes just to keep ... my 2 favorite Malbecs - the Norton Reserva and and old friend from New Zealand - The Craggy Range TE KAHU from Hawkes Bay.2015 EroicaThe 2016 Daou Paso Robles Cabby:The Daou Pessimist Red Blend.One of my Favorite CCR bottlings and this Domaine Wachau 2016 Gruner... Read More

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  • A Norton wine in Kentucky has become my new favorite, Night Heron from Harkness Edwards Vineyards. Unfortunately, the winery which was in an old tobacco barn was recently struck by lightning, burnt to the ground and 2 years worth of inventory was lost. Now I am trying to find a similar wine. It is full and round and earthy and very smooth. Any s...

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  • Question...can anyone recommend cheeses to pair with Norton? I am having a bing release party for our first vintage, the 2010 Norton. HELP!

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  • I recently tasted your Privada 2007 and loved it. Can I order direct from your vinevard? If so, can you send me a price list and instructions. Thanks

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