Meramec Vineyards Norton
Vertical Tasting Notes

What is a vertical tasting?
A vertical wine tasting is surveying wines based on vintage years and is a nifty way of experiencing just how unique every year can be in the world of wine.

A vertical tasting is conducted by tasting one wine varietal (type of grape) from the same producer (that’s us – Meramec Vineyards) from several vintages. (A wine’s vintage refers to the year that the wine’s grapes were harvested.)  You will get a better feel for a particular winery’s varietal style and composition with this type of tasting. You can also see how unique weather patterns may affect the grapes from one year to the next.

Here are some vintages of our Norton available currently.

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Norton ‘02

This was a great vintage.  We secreted away a case to taste at some future date.  That is now.  Only ten bottles left!

Norton ’07
We set aside a pallet of this vintage and released it this August – ten years after it was harvested.  We were intrigued to see how Norton aged.

The color is brick red.  There is a musty earthiness to the wine.  It is very mellow. Rich.

Norton ‘11

Balanced. A little spicy note on the nose. Pretty color. It really develops in the mouth. Long, dry finish.  Only a few bottles left.

Norton ‘13

Lighter body and less tannic than the previous Norton vintages. Fresh, fruity and balanced. Some earthy tones, too. Less than two cases left.

Norton ’14
Bright “Norton” color.  Fruit forward.

 

Norton ’15
Well balanced. Bright color. Great fruit and finish.  God structure.  This vintage will age well.

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Norton wine and food pairings link: http://missouriwine.org/inspiration/food-and-wine-pairings/red-wines

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