Augusta Winery Norton Augusta 2002
The Augusta Winery has a free tasting room, gift shop, and a first-come, first-serve covered terrace with seating for about 35-40 people. The new Wine & Beer Garden has a sun shade and additional outdoor seating for 170. It features free, live entertainment on the weekends from May to October.
Rich dark cherry Norton. Though sold as a dry red, Augusta Norton is fruity tasting in comparison to their sister vineyard's Montelle Cynthiana. Have ordered several cases from this vineyard in the past. Never disappointed in their offerings and service.
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Designated "Appellation Signature" Wine: an “in your face” Norton. The nose is complex, with oak and earthiness, and a long finish.
It was the first day of deer season, and Tony Kooyumjian was out in the woods somewhere instead of at Augusta Winery, which he operates. Gloria was there, however, and she poured me a glass of their estate bottled 2002 Norton. This wine won the Governor’s Cup in 2004 with good reason. Aged in American oak, Augusta manages to avoid the herbaceous taste or overly-alcohol finishes found in many Nortons. The bouquet is black cherry and cedar, and the warm berry taste is full to the end. Ageing will tame Augusta’s 2002 Norton into a wine closely resembling a good Merlot, but, even now, this is the wine to have on a winter’s night with a nice steak.Tony’s vineyard encompasses 43 acres on the 3rd ridge (as Gloria called it) going up a large hill. He has another 80 or so acres mainly contracted out to other wineries, including Montelle Winery, which he also operates in Augusta. Interestingly, what is called "Norton" at Augusta Winery is called "Cynthiana" at Montelle. I don’t know if the grapes are from the same block, but the Montelle wine did not seem to have the cedar nose.There is much debate about the provenance of Norton/Cynthiana (including genetic testing) and if they are indeed one-in-the-same. French grape growers would call this "cépage," which means closely related but not identical grape varieties. Gloria thinks it’s called Norton because more people are familiar with that name than with Cynthiana. I’ll have to ask Tony what he thinks after deer season.