The wine pours with a pleasing garnet-colored hue, and a breezy effervescence. Your nose is greeted with a prickle from the newly-released carbon dioxide, which gives way to notes of cherry and blackberry, with a hint of violets, basil and perhaps a touch of mint. On the tongue one is first taken by just a tickle of bubbles, followed by sweet and sour cherries, blackberries, and the racy acidity that Norton is rife with. Pine, herbs, and just a bit of tannin complete the experience.
Food Pairing Notes
This is perhaps a wine to be enjoyed on the deck or patio, chilled. Start with a charcuterie plate. The fresh fruit, bracing acidity and bubbles will effectively cleanse your palate between each bite. For a main, try oysters, Peking Duck, squid charred on the grill, or pulled pork. For lighter fare a baby spinach salad with fresh blueberries and cranberries in a red wine vinaigrette will do nicely. For dessert, the flavors pair well with most fresh berries with a dollop of Crème Chantilly, but a nice chocolate gateaux will also work.