“There it was, healthy, green, and ready for action; one vine amongst a wreckage of innumerable tries. Where the others had failed, the wild child had flourished.”
Last fall, Appellation America, a leading online source for information about the wine industry, decided it was time they became more familiar with “the wild vine.” It was an endeavor we were more than happy to participate in.
First, writer Catherine Seda put together a great, brief history on the truly interesting grape that is Norton. Check it out if you’ve ever wanted to know more about Norton, or if you’re just a fan of wine history.
Then, Appellation America gathered together an array of wine industry professionals for a tasting of thirty-six Norton wines from five states, including our very own Stone House Vineyard Claros. Winemakers, buyers, marketers, writers, and sommeliers all noted the unique structure of the wines, the mix of spice, fruits, and earthiness – all things that fans of the Claros are familiar with.
At the end of the tasting, six wines were chosen as the panels favorites, and guess who was included? We can proudly say our Claros can now lay claim to be one of the Top Six Norton Wines in America, as named by Appellation America. And, we might add, the only Norton from Texas on the list.
Thank you to Appellation America for the honor!