A honeymooner

Stone Hill, Hermann, Estate Bottled, Norton 2005 The nose features the smells of black fruit, compost, tar, cinamon and floral notes like violets. There’s equally a vast medley of flavors on the palate with plenty of backbone. The tannin and acidity make it a keeper or a perfect partner now with a thick slab of beef – long, concentrated and a winner. This is all Norton, sourced from the winery’s Kemperberg and Cross J vineyards. After fermentation, the wine spends 12 months aging in a combination of French, Hungarian and US oak. Stone Hill has established a great reputation for its work with this important grape. P&B in Hermann 12.8% $18.99 at the winery Stone Hill

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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