Smith-Berry Winery American Norton ($15.00)
Norton is a native grape, but not the common labrusca species with its "foxy" grape-jelly aromas that most wine lovers dislike. Indeed, it's a memorable wine, among the better Eastern U.S. reds I've tried. Made in Kentucky from 2001 Arkansas-grown grapes, it's fruity and balanced with good, almost Zinfandel-like mixed-berry flavors. It shows both red and black fruits on the nose and palate and an odd but intriguing flavor profile, soft on first taste but firming up with a core of tart acidity in the finish. US Importer: (Sep 23, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Tasted two times in restaurant settings, where it worked well with a poussin chicken in a Provencal-style sauce and with a pork chop with figs and a fava bean and root vegetable brunoise.



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