Röbller Vineyards Norton Hermann 2008

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Last Saturday, I was wise in heeding the advice of St. Ambrose, who said “Si fueris Romae, Romano vivito more. . .” (when you are at Rome, live in the Roman style). It was my first visit to the Röbller Vineyard Winery, and I went to the sales counter and asked for a bottle of the semi-dry Villa Rouge, innately pronouncing the two l’s as “y.” The man behind the counter, Robert Mueller, answered, “Do you want the Villa Rouge chilled” (extra emphasis on the l’s). Having been freshly schooled in Hermann pronunciation, I was not about to go astray in local wine serving preferences.“Yes, please.”Chilled for five minutes in your fridge, this 70% Chambourcin, 30% Villard Noir blend mimics the Röbller grounds. A mineral, earthy bouquet uplifts floral, fruity overtones. Chambourcin is, at times, overwhelming on it own, but here it plays nicely with Villard Noir. The mouthfeel of these French hybrids is almost effervescent, and the medium body makes this a three-season wine (a frosty Missouri winter might call for Röbller’s fine Norton wine).Chambourcin should be experienced at some time by all true wine aficionados. If you go to the Röbller Vineyard Winery, do not forget St. Ambrose’s sage advice.11% abv. $9.30/750ml

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Since our first vintage in 1990, we at Röbller Vineyard have experienced many successes. Our quaint tasting room has become home to an array of awards from local and national wine competitions. We are quite proud of the Best of Show and first ever Governor's Cup Award we received for our 1991 Norton Reserve. We began at our home in Glendale, Missouri. Each fall family and friends gathered in ... Read more
Since our first vintage in 1990, we at Röbller Vineyard have experienced many successes. Our quaint tasting room has become home to an array of awards from local and national wine competitions. We are quite proud of the Best of Show and first ever Governor's Cup Award we received for our 1991 Norton Reserve. We began at our home in Glendale, Missouri. Each fall family and friends gathered in our backyard to crush the newly harvested grapes and sample the previous year's vintage. Over the years the quality of the wine improved to the point that we decided to establish a winery. On a sunny December day in 1987, Robert and Lois Mueller took the kids on a drive in the country. The drive which led us to New Haven, Missouri, ended at a beautiful piece of property that showcased the rolling countryside of the region. The property offered south facing slopes with a full east/west exposure along with great soil composition and depth for establishing a vineyard. We had found the perfect location to establish our winery. Over the next several months we designed the layout of the vineyard and planting began in mid-spring. This was the beginning of a great new tradition in Missouri's wine community. During 1989 and 1990 we built the winery and set up the equipment, preparing for our first crush. Finally everything came together, the grapes we had contracted for were ripe and the bureau of alchohol, tobacco and firearms approved the building. We sell our wines directly from the winery because we believe it is important that everyone have a good understanding of our approach while maintaining the personal service our customers have come to expect and enjoy. As a family, we are committed to creating a strong niche in the Missouri wine industry by developing unique approaches to quality wine making with varieties that are well suited to our climate and growing conditions. Read less

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Snooth User: WineSplash
1163360209
4.00 5
02/06/2013

Four glasses


Snooth User: WineSplash
1163360209
4.00 5
02/06/2013

This is one serious wine! One that can compete with the Cabernets, Merlots, and Cabernet Francs of the world. And you rarely (if ever) hear about it unless you visit Missouri, Virginia, or the Carolina’s. This is the Norton grape variety and it is one that you need to put on your Wine Bucket List. Now we haven’t tasted all Norton wines from around the country but this one from Robller Vineyards in Missouri is a great choice! In our glass, deep garnet color with ruby highlights along the edge. Wonderful aroma’s of briar berries, spice, petrol, and vanilla oak burst from our glass! The mouth feel was full bodied, velvety, with a medium tannin structure. Flavors of spicy blackberries, ripe plums, oak, and herbs danced on our palates! As the wine opened up a bit more, subtle notes of tart cherry and vanilla oak led into a long, elegant finish. Wow, what a ride! This wine would pair well with most grilled red meats, sausage, ham, or a spicy vegetarian meal. We love our Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots, and Cabernet Francs but it is nice that there is something else out there that is different and can be just as enjoyable! We have been to many wineries in Missouri and found some wonderful Norton wines and some that are just so-so. The 2008 Robller Vineyards Norton is superb and we give it a 91 point rating! Wonderfully complex, rich, with a good balance between fruit and non-fruit flavors. Check them out at http://www.robllerwines.com. If you have a 2008 vintage of this wine, we would drink it by 2014. WineSplashing!!


Snooth User: rhodies
11278072
4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 12/28/2008

Robller Vineyards has a Norton wine that goes perfectly well with either a picnic or formal dinner. Great value. As a college professor who knows wines stated at a blind wine tasting, "I don't know what this is, but this is what wine should taste like." This was his first tasting of any Norton wine, and it was from Robller.


Snooth User: dkmrd5
92494704
3.00 5
Vintage: NV 03/21/2009

This one started me on my road to liking and appreciating red wine. Wasn't too dry and not too sweet. PERFECT for the transitional wine drinker.


External Reviews for Röbller Vineyards Norton Hermann

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Vintage: 2003 10/16/2008

Last Saturday, I was wise in heeding the advice of St. Ambrose, who said “Si fueris Romae, Romano vivito more. . .” (when you are at Rome, live in the Roman style). It was my first visit to the Röbller Vineyard Winery, and I went to the sales counter and asked for a bottle of the semi-dry Villa Rouge, innately pronouncing the two l’s as “y.” The man behind the counter, Robert Mueller, answered, “Do you want the Villa Rouge chilled” (extra emphasis on the l’s). Having been freshly schooled in Hermann pronunciation, I was not about to go astray in local wine serving preferences.“Yes, please.”Chilled for five minutes in your fridge, this 70% Chambourcin, 30% Villard Noir blend mimics the Röbller grounds. A mineral, earthy bouquet uplifts floral, fruity overtones. Chambourcin is, at times, overwhelming on it own, but here it plays nicely with Villard Noir. The mouthfeel of these French hybrids is almost effervescent, and the medium body makes this a three-season wine (a frosty Missouri winter might call for Röbller’s fine Norton wine).Chambourcin should be experienced at some time by all true wine aficionados. If you go to the Röbller Vineyard Winery, do not forget St. Ambrose’s sage advice.11% abv. $9.30/750ml




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