I have little experience growing Norton (yet), but I have made a point
of trying every commercial label I could get my hands on. Most were
pretty darn good, and any fault in the wines was not caused by the
variety. There doesn't seem to be any foxiness at all, and the grape is
a natural for the "big red" style. Here in western NJ my single test
vine put on vigorous growth last year, but how it bears and ripens is
yet to be determined. For me, I think it would be a good choice, better
than my assorted FA hybrids.
I have no experience making wine, but I have a lot of experience
drinking it. :-)
I'm quite fond of Norton/Cynthiana wines, but in my experience, they
require a bit more age than European varietals to really show their
best. The flavor profile is a bit odd for the first few years... not
really any foxiness, if I understand the term right, just some unusual
flavors that mellow after a few years in the cellar.
I'd rather drink a five to ten year old Norton than a first growth