|Thinking of Planting Norton or Cabernet Sauvignon ?
Well, think again.
CRIMSON CABERNET is Norton (America’s best wine grape), crossed with
Cabernet Sauvignon (the World’s best wine grape). In one sentence, then,
Crimson Cabernet is simply the best American grape crossed with the best
European grape … period.
Although both Norton and Cabernet are excellent vines and wines, each has
some negative features which Crimson Cabernet largely overcomes.
Crimson Cabernet has these advantages over Norton
In the Vineyard:
1. It grows normally in the early years whereas Norton can be a slow grower
and can take several years to show good growth.
2. It can bear a crop years earlier than Norton and can thus earn revenue
3. It is grown on a single curtain trellis as opposed to the much more
cumbersome and expensive double curtain trellis which Norton demands for
well managed growth.
4. It is easy to prune and tolerates some variation in methods and does not
require the highly skilled, exacting pruning system of Norton.
5. It has been successfully grown on both VSP and high wire trellis systems.
6. It can be machine harvested if desired, unlike double curtain Norton which
In the Winery:
1. Norton is 50% Vitis Vinifera. Crimson Cabernet is a full 75% with one
parent being the noble Cabernet Sauvignon. It is of royal descent (albeit with
a bar sinister in its coat-of-arms).
2. The bunches and berries are larger and have more juice. The must is
therefore of a normal consistency rather than the thick paste of Norton which
is difficult to manage.
3. There are far fewer seeds thus avoiding the “rusty nail” character of Norton
which can come from excessive seed contact.
4. Having a more complex and nobler lineage, Crimson Cabernet produces
a far better wine that is multidimensional and gains in complexity with aging.
Crimson Cabernet has these advantages over Cabernet Sauvignon
In the Vineyard
1. It is self-rooted. It does not need to be grafted.
2. It is more winter hardy since the Norton parent is one of the most winter
3. Even in the event the vines are winter killed to the ground, they can be
renewed from the roots.
4. It has good resistance to powdery mildew which can ravage Cabernet.
5. It is a continental plant that does not demand a maritime climate.
In the Winery
1. Cabernet Sauvignon can produce the best wines in the world when grown
in ideal locations (almost always within an easy drive of an ocean). In
continental climates, however, its wines can be somewhat light and lacking
in middle palate. Crimson Cabernet can make a more full bodied wine in
2. The flavor profile of Crimson Cabernet is not just an imitation of Cab
Sauvignon but a unique new high quality profile.
3. Both age extremely well and can handle new oak barrels. Crimson
Cabernet seems to be approachable at an earlier age however.