This is a fairly big, dark, fruity, and fairly dry wine. Not too much tannin, but a lot of black fruit – plum, blackberry – and some Italian style funk. A lot of strange earthy qualities – leather, dirt, tobacco. Norton produces a strange, earthy wine and it's one of these things where you may love it or hate it, but for $10, this is a very complex and interesting wine.
The finish brings out a bit of oak and some plum lingers.
I like this wine and am astounded that I paid $10 for it. One of the better Nortons out there and for the price, you can't go wrong.