Bluemont Vineyards Norton the Pig NV
Norton is the oldest native American varietal in cultivation today. It is a fantastic grape to grow in Virginia as is does well in humid climates. The Norton also has good aging potential. “The Pig” is a blend of 2005 and 2006 vintage. Tank fermented and barrel aged in French and American oak. The ruby red color speaks volumes before you even lift the glass. This is a full bodied dry red wine. A fruity bouquet, light tannins, and spicy finish.
This is quite possibly my absolute favorite Virginia wine and, surprisingly, it comes from a newcomer to the wine scene. The 2005/06 blend combines the winery's first and second Norton vintages. The first flavors are bold and fruity with a spicy finish that has hints of chocolate. This wine is great paired with red meat or alone.
Though I have noted this "neutral" to taste, don't discount this as an up and coming Norton winery. Wonderful location with a commitment by its owners. This young wine was enjoyable to drink, but it did not exhibit true character of the Norton grape as with other vineyards with older more established vines. I believe with only a couple more years of bottle storage that this wine will set better. I've got my last bottle sitting in a nice cool cellar waiting with a 2011 date written on it.