This new red wine variety was bred by the esteemed Minnesota viticulturist and author, Tom Plocher. While this variety was just released in 2010 for commercial planting, it has been evaluated in test plantings since it was bred in 1996. Considered fully hardy, producing a full crop after -32F. Vigor is moderate with an open trailing growth habit suitable to high wire training. Bud break is later than any other fully hardy variety. Ripens about 10-20 days after Marquette to around 24 brix and 7-8 g/l acidity.
Early wines have been 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. Can also stand on its own. $.80 ROYALTY TO TOM PLOCHER WILL BE ADDED TO EACH VINE. Buyers must sign a Non-Distribution agreement.