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The Tasting Room

Triple Crown Stone Hill’s Estate Norton Sweeps Missouri Wine Competition By Kathy Casteel Photo Courtesy of Missouri Wine & Grape Board


Hermann’s Stone Hill Winery scored a hat trick this year with its 2011 Estate Bottled Norton. The elegant red wine won the Governor’s Cup as the best wine of the year at the 2013 Missouri Wine Competition. The trifecta of honors also included Best of Class for Dry Red Wine and the C.V. Riley Award for Best Norton. Stone Hill is the first winery to receive both the Governor’s Cup and the Riley award in the same year. There’s a good reason the judges honored this Norton as the best Missouri wine of 2013: It is delicious. A fragrant, fresh cherry aroma leads the way to an intense flavor of dark Bing cherries and ripe blackberries with notes of smooth plum and a trace of spice. A lingering fruitfulness counters mild tannins for a satisfying finish. Pair this Norton’s rich, earthy flavor with red meats, wild game, lamb or other boldly flavored foods. It complements grilled fare, herbal seasonings and mushrooms particularly well. Stone Hill produces its Estate Bottled Norton from grapes grown in bluff-top vineyards high above the Missouri River. The wine’s dark, inky

color comes from fermentation on the grape skins before 12 months of aging in small Hungarian, French and American oak barrels. Norton, the state grape of Missouri, is native to North America and wellsuited to the long, warm summers and cold winters of the Show-Me State. Blessed with a natural resistance to

all types of fungal disease, the blueblack grape thrives in Missouri and in Virginia, where Daniel Norton developed the varietal. Norton grapes contain high levels of resveratrol and anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants credited with anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties that fight cancer and offer other cardiovascular benefits. v

Gold Rush Judges awarded gold medals to 39 Missouri wines in the state wine competition. Best of Class honors went to 10 exceptional gold-medal winners. Sparkling Noboleis Vineyards Noblevescent Dry White Montelle Winery 2012 Chardonel Semi-Dry White Adam Puchta Winery Traminette Sweet White Blumenhof Vineyards 2012 Valvin Muscat Dry Red Stone Hill Winery 2011 Estate Bottled Norton

Semi-Dry Red Stone Hill Winery 2012 Steinberg Red Sweet Red Pirtle Winery Mellow Red Fruit Wine Ladoga Ridge Winery Peach Wine Late Harvest/Icewine Montelle Winery 2012 Vidal Icewine Distilled Product Montelle Winery Peach Brand

Stone Hill notched another milestone last July when the winery bottled its 2 millionth case of wine. 8


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