A highly praised cold-hardy red-wine grape, also excellent for fresh eating. Recommended for dry full-bodied Merlot- or Bordeaux-style table wines, rosés and ports.
Very large loose clusters of small berries. Intense juice color, low tannins, high sugar and high acid content.
In a newsletter from the Minnesota Grape Growers Association, John Marshall says, “Though the sugar may rise to impressive levels early in September, the grapes are not nearly ripe. Ignore the sugar levels and wait until September 20. The acid will drop and the wonderful black-cherry flavors that will make this grape famous will multiply.”
Vigorous productive disease-resistant vines. Z4/5. (well-rooted bare-root vines)
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