Small dark blue thick-skinned berries in small compact clusters make a nice vinifera-type dry red wine or rosé.
Grower Andy Farmer calls it “very complex with lots of spice, attractive earthy aromas and jammy fruit. Substantial tannins for a fully hardy grape and a long finish. This may be an excellent blending component to add complexity and softness to most northern red wines.” Good to blend with Marquette to create a Cabernet/Syrah/Merlot-style wine.
Highly resistant to disease and withstood no damage at –32° one cold Minnesota winter. Slow grower with open habit. Thanks, Tom, for permitting Fedco to be one of the few nurseries offering this grape in the U.S. Z4. (well-rooted bare-root vines)
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