|David Horst and his awards for his 2011 Norton and blackberry wine.|
Owner David Horst’s 2011 Norton — leaner and a little more heavily oaked than Viandel’s — also won a silver award at the San Francisco Chronicle competition.
While he clearly has a competitive spirit, when it comes to the actual results of the wine, he says, “We don’t make the fighting kind; we make the loving kind.”
Missouri Wine Snob notes
Chardonel: A little oak and a lot of body.
Chambourcin: More oak, less spice than typical for this vartiety, with a smooth yet hearty body.
Country Road Red: Half Chambourcin, half St. Vincent — a bright, medium-bodied result.
And one of the best surprises of the tour —
Blackberry: This balanced wine with subtle fruit flavors tastes much less sweet than its sugar content would suggest. The experience is more like a grape wine than a fruit wine. For me, that’s a good thing.