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Cross J Vineyard Norton Fact Sheet
2010 CROSS J VINEYARD NORTON
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. 438 cases produced.
TECHNICAL INFORMATION: Harvested October 13-18, 2010; Alcohol - 13.1%
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 2010 Cross J Norton displays vibrant aromas of wild blackberries, chocolate and spice, framed by lovely toasty oak. This is a dry, full-bodied wine with a long lingering finish of black currants and sweet fruit. Utterly irresistible now, the 2010 Cross J Norton should continue to develop in the bottle for several years. Suggested retail price: $24.99 (375 ml)
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