Bacchus is an offspring of Clinton which it resembles in vine and leaf
characters, but surpasses in quality of fruit and in productiveness of
vine. The special points of merit of the variety are: resistance to
cold, resistance to phylloxera, freedom from fungi and insects,
productiveness, ease of multiplication and capacity to bear grafts.
Its limitations are: poor quality for table us
, inability to
withstand dry soils or droughts, and nonadaptability to soils
containing much lime. The variety originated with J. H. Ricketts,
Newburgh, New York, and was first exhibited by him in 1879.
Vine very vigorous, hardy, healthy, productive. Canes numerous,
dark brown with bloom at the nodes which are enlarged and
flattened; tendrils bifid. Leaves small; upper surface dark green,
glossy, smooth; lower surface dull green, smooth; lobes three,
terminal one acuminate; petiolar sinus shallow, narrow, sometimes
overlapping; basal sinus lacking; lateral sinus shallow, wide.
Flowers open early, self-sterile; stamens upright.
Fruit late, keeps well, hangs long. Clusters small, slender,
uniform, cylindrical, single-shouldered, compact; pedicel short,
slender with a few small warts; brush short, wine-colored. Berries
small, round, black, glossy, covered with thin bloom, hang well to
pedicels, firm; skin thin, adherent, contains much wine-colored
pigment, slightly astringent; flesh dark green, translucent,
fine-grained, tough, vinous, spicy; fair quality. Seeds clinging,
one to four, many abortive, large, short and wide, plump, sharply