Verona (T.P. 1-1-34) U.S. Patent Pending; Canada PBR Pending Seedling from 1997 cross of Troubadorx E.S. 5-4-16 (Troubador is Riparia 89 x St. Croix) Selected in 2003
•Berry 2g, black; Cluster 120-200 g and compact •Good winter hardiness over many years in Hugo; some injury in the worst winters; best in U.S. Hardiness Zone 4b or warmer, but because of the high wine quality, may be worth trying on good Zone 4a sites, as well. •Leaves have some resistance to fall frost, allowing fruit to hang and ripen late into fall. Late budbreak in spring. Good production on secondary buds. •Ripens rather late, slightly after Frontenac, 10 days after Petite Pearl, in early October here in Hugo, MN; needs 170 days growing season and 2600-2800 F degree days; with sufficient heat, typical harvest parameters are 22-24 brix; pH = 3.25; TA < 1% •In 2012 NDSU tests, ripe berries from 1-1-34 ranked #1 in tannin content out of 34 skin samples from northern grape varieties; good ratio of tannin/total polyphenols. •Dry red wine is deeply colored and with abundant soft tannins in the middle mouth and finish, great balance between acid, tannin, and alcohol. Aroma is complex, dark chocolate flavors over raspberry; excellent balance and finish; style is a bit reminiscent of a Tuscan red wine. As a rose, has beautiful garnet color, cherry aroma and lots of body; lush vinifera-like fruit, good balance and finish. •Has completed virus testing at Foundation Plant Service; certified vines will be available in the 2020 timeframe from Inland Desert Nursery.