Elk Island 2012 Sweet Naked Norton

Elk Island Winery is named for the 1,300 acre island in the James River, originally part of Thomas Jefferson’s Elk Hill farm, adjacent to the vineyard.  Paul and Sue Anne Klinefelter believe strongly in rural life, agriculture and wine.  Their combined passions led them to plant a 4 acre vineyard on their Lower Byrd Farm.  Located at the confluence of Byrd Creek and the James River, the farm main production is row crop grains.

Estate grown, the 2012 Sweet Naked Norton was made in Rose style, but with a Norton that still provides lots of color in the glass.  The deep dark aromas of strawberries permeate the nose.  The well balanced attack leads to a jammy midpalate that features strawberry jam, raspberry and baked cherries.  The finish lingers nicely on the rear of the palate with a hint of toast.



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