A few months ago I convinced myself Missouri wines really were turning the corner. A nice cab franc from Westphalia got me started. A St. James Cynthiana was pleasant as well. Les B’s Chardonel was nice, for a semi-sweet, on a hot summer day. Since then, squadoosh. And this, this freaking 2007 Norton Reserve from Les Bourgeois. It’s like a bad, flat framboise. Like drinking soured grape juice with pureed oak chips. Christ, it’s nasty.
The worst part about the “Best in Missouri Wine” lists is that you can’t find many of the good ones. Try to find Montelle’s 2008 Dry Vignoles or an award-winning chamourcin…they aren’t at Hy-Vee. I could use a few tips. What Missouri wines do you like?