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  1. mainshipfred

    mainshipfred Junior Member Supporting Member

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    I opened a bottle of the Norton Blend yesterday. It's drinking very nice for a 10 month old wine. In my opinion its short on oak and the tannins could be a little bigger. I have the remaining 5 gallons of Norton with a med toast american spiral so this should help. If you all think it is OK I'll blend the rest and maybe put it in a new barrel to get the oak up a little. Please let me know and I know it's Norton an it's not a favorite to all.
     
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    I liked your Norton bend back in June, I might have to open the bottle you gave me and refresh my memory to be able to give an opinion.
     
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    Thanks, that's what I'm looking for. If I have to change anything I want to do it for the final blend.
     
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    Well then sir it will be opened this evening.
     
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    Ok just finished a glass of the Norton blend. Decent fruity nose. Like the dark plum like fruit. Somewhat of a coffee flavor deep in there and some spice upfront. I definitely think it could benefit from some more oak and yes the tannins/mouthfeel could be bigger. On it's own this is good, I think I would go with some more oak and aging. Blended with the right wine might take it up another notch.

    Since it's young I will taste another glass tomorrow night and give another recap.
     
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    Fred, I didn't have any wine last night. I will take a second tasting tonight of the Norton.
     
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    Thanks, what you gave me so far is great, confirms my thoughts. Got one to throw at you though. My SA Cab juice bucket is really tannic. Even though it's only a few months old would you consider blending with it or just doctor it up the blend with oak and tannins. No matter what I would definatley bench test it.
     
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    That actually sounds like a good wine blend with it.
     
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