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Scheduled Releases – Spring 2018

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RED VARIETIES

Crimson Cabernet   Click to view Photos    Click for Tasting Notes

Cabernet Sauvignon (clone from Rutherford, Ca) crossed with Norton
(“Monticello” clone). Red wine grape intended for the production of barrel
aged dry wine of the highest quality. Size of berries and clusters midway
between Cabernet and Norton. In 2015 in central Missouri the grapes
were harvested on 10/8/13, with Brix 24.1, ph 3.57, Acid 6.0. Like Norton
the berries hang extremely well and this vine could have been harvested
later with little fear of late season rots.

Unlike its parent Norton, which can grow poorly during its first few
seasons, Crimson Cabernet grows extremely well and can be trained to
the top wire at the end of the first year if grown in a well managed
vineyard. It can bear some trophy grapes in the second season and a
modest commercial crop in the third. It seems to prefer cane pruning.

Crimson Cabernet should be grown on a single curtain, single trunk,
trellis system eight feet apart in the rows. The canes have a drooping
tendency and are easily combed downward allowing for excellent air, sun
and spray exposure. We have not noticed any particular disease, insect,
or bird problems. We did not notice any winter damage in 2014 at
temperatures of minus -17 F).

The wine is a dark crimson color and has the body and middle pallet that
Norton noticeably lacks but for which Cabernet is so renowned. It also is
reminiscent of Merlot. We have held stocks of wine from the 2006 vintage
in Illinois. Now 8 years old, the wine has aged extremely well. This is not
surprising since both Cabernet Sauvignon and Norton can improve for
decades.

Cabernet Diane    Click to view Photos    Click for Tasting Notes

Not Available for 2018 due to very limited supply of propagating wood

Cabernet Diane has the same parentage as Crimson Cabernet:
Cabernet Sauvignon (clone from Rutherford, Ca) crossed with Norton
(“Monticello” clone). Also a red wine grape intended for the production of
barrel aged dry wine of the highest quality. Size of berries and clusters
are similar to the larger versions of Norton. It ripens a few days later than
Crimson Cabernet and should only be grown in locations that can
properly ripen Norton. In 2006 in Illinois the grapes were harvested on
9/26/06, with a Brix of 22.5, ph 3.32 and an acid of 8.9.  Harvest could
have been delayed till mid October. . We did not notice any winter damage
in 2010 at temperatures of minus 25 C (minus 12 F).

Like Crimson Cabernet it grows well in the early seasons. It is extremely
healthy, and grows at a more methodical rate making it unusually easy to
manage. The canes have a downward drooping attitude. It should be
cane pruned on a single curtain.

The wine is darker and more intense than Crimson Cabernet favoring its
grandparent Cabernet Franc. When blended with Crimson Cabernet a
most interesting and complex wine is the result.


ROSE'  

Zinthiana          Click to view Pictures

Zinthiana was created in Davis, CA, in 2001 from a cross of Zinfandel and
Cynthiana (aka Norton).

Zinfandel is a larger and more productive grape than Cabernet Sauvignon
and this is reflected in its offspring. (See pictures)  We removed Zinthiana
from our website because the winery that was making the wine (which
people could have tasted) had an extremely unfortunate fire and lost their
building and all their inventory.

However, the Wight-Meyer Winery in Kentucky has now bottle a totally dry
2016 Rose' made entirely from free run Zinthiana grown in a superb
vineyard in Lexington, KY. They can ship. They are open after 11 am EDT.
Phone 502-921-0267.

The wine is 100% vinifera in character. It is virtually identical to a French
Tavel Rose'. Dry rose' is one of our favorite wines and it is a wine, like
Riesling, that we in the eastern US can make far better than they can in
California.


WHITE VARIETIES

Cabernet Doré     Click to view Pictures    Click for Tasting Notes
(Pronounced like "what's behind Door A" )

Cabernet Sauvingon has one white berried parent, and we suspect the
unknown Vinifera parent of Norton just might be a white grape as well. In
any event Cabernet Doré is a white grape that makes an excellent white
wine resembling a Sauvignon Blanc that has been tamed with a bit of
Semillon. There is no trace of American character and the wine has the
soft finish and extremely pleasant aftertaste that we have noticed in many
Norton crosses. In 2007 the grapes were harvested on September 28th,
(Brix 22, ph 3.32 and Acid 8.1).

The 2008 Cabernet Doré wine made in central Illinois was the best white
wine we have tasted in 20 years, bar none.

Cabernet Doré has the health and good vineyard habits that one would
expect from its breeding and is from the same litter as the two red
crosses listed above: Cabernet Sauvignon (clone from Rutherford, Ca)
crossed with Norton (“Monticello” clone). The berries and bunches are
medium sized. The shoots want to grow in a very upward manner making
it an ideal vine for any VSP vertical shoot positioning system.

We have not noticed any particular disease, insect, or bird problems. We
did not notice any winter damage in 2010 at temperatures of minus 25 C
(minus 12 F). We have never seen any late-season rots.
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