Stone Hill Winery's Hermannsberg Brand is labeled as a Missouri Dry Red Wine.
On my brother and sister-in-law's porch with uncharacteristically great weather in southeast Texas that day - dry and sunny with a cool breeze blowing - I took a bit of relaxation. Their insanely quiet neighborhood provided a welcome respite from life in Los Angeles.
This blend of Norton, Vincent and Chambourcin grapes hits 13% abv and shows a lovely medium-ruby color. On the nose, black cherry and roses move aside for a savory note. A little chocolate mocha comes through after it opened up a bit. The palate is fruity, with dusty cherries and a cranberry edge. It hit me rather like a Gamay, but with a little more muscle. Good tannins make for easy food pairing: bring on the brisket.
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