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Cynthiana Wine Details
Price: $20.00 per bottle

Description: The Cynthiana wine grape (vitis aestivalis) is an American varietal that was cultivated by the Cherokee Indians and early European settlers. Also named Norton, the Cherokee called it "the summer grape" and used the wood of the vine in their sacred formulas and rituals. Today, many vineyards across North America have revived the cultivation and production of this unique American taste. Three Sisters Vineyards presents this handcrafted Cynthiana wine, aged in French & American oak, as a tribute to this great land. This wine displays notes of cigar box and caramalized black cherry. Pair it with lamb, game or even with a taste of dark chocolate.(162 cases produced)

Varietal Definition
Known to be identical to the Norton grape.This american hybrid grape is found mainly in the warmer regions of the southeast U.S. Taste and aroma characteristics of the light red wine are said to include coffee and spicy flavors.
In 1835, Dr. Daniel Norton of Virginia developed this grape varietal that was originally known as the Virginia Seedling. Widely planted in the Midwest (where it is sometimes called Cynthiana), it has become a source of interest to East Coast vintners in recent years. It produces a dark, inky wine with flavors of plums and cherries. Horton Vineyards in Virginia is particularly interested in reviving the grape's reputation. In the South, look for Norton (or Cynthiana) from Moonrise Bay, Mountain Valley, Three Sisters, Tiger Mountain and Tennessee Valley.


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