Rosé and Red wines
1818 Reserve Norton
With this 2015 Reserve Norton, we commemorate the bicentennial of Franklin County. Our state grape and only true native wine grape of the New World, Norton has been in existence as long as our great county.
From our 25-plus-year-old vines, the 2015 vintage created exceptional fruit full of land character, structure and balance. The finished wine was initially refined for two years in neutral Missouri White and Chinkapin Oak barrels with an additional year in new heavy toast Chinkapin barrels, creating a robust yet elegant wine of distinction. This limited production wine can be enjoyed today and will enhance with cellaring.
Rosé and Red Wines
St. Vincent Rosé is brimming with fresh berries, delicate color and lively acidity that is likened to the rosé found in Southern France. Our rosé is produced by gently pressing the grapes after a short period of cold soaking and a slow cold fermentation. We utilize a yeast strain selected from the Rhone region of France in order to promote the lively yet delicate qualities of the St. Vincent variety.
Chambourcin is the newest addition to our list and an unoaked version that is dry, well-balanced and fruit-driven. To achieve this outcome, we incorporate winemaking techniques designed to extract fruit character and build body and balance without the heavier tannin typically found in barrel-aged red wines.
Le Trompier Noir is a wine inspired by the pinot noir found in Burgundy’s Côte d’Or region. A field blend of chambourcin, St. Vincent and villard noir is handpicked, destemmed and fermented slowly to enhance the fruit quality of the wine. Once fermentation is completed, the wine is gently pressed, settled and barreled in older Missouri Oak barrels for 13 months. The result is a lighter-bodied red that is well-balanced, featuring spiced cherries with a hint of toasted oak.
Norton is considered Missouri’s state grape and a wine we produce exclusively from our estate-grown fruit. Our Norton gains its robust profile from a combination of cold soaking the fruit, extended fermentation under controlled conditions, gentle pressing and finally aging to perfection in Missouri oak barrels for at least 18 months.
Hillside Cuvée is a representative blend of the vineyard featuring chambourcin and Norton with a small amount of St. Vincent. This blend brings together the elegance and strength of these two grapes yielding a balanced wine well-suited for aging. Filled with aromas of dark red fruits and spice along with a light smokiness from the barrel aging, this wine expresses the complexity of what our vineyard has come to yield.
Villa Rouge translates to “house red,” or that perfect wine for enjoying on its own or with some food. Reminiscent of that full-bodied red with a touch of sweetness at your local Italian restaurant, the wine is made using mainly chambourcin grapes combined with a yeast to create fruity aromas and flavors as well as body and structure.