Cynthiana (red River)

Origin unknown--said to come from Arkansas. This grape promises fair to

become a dangerous rival to Norton's Virginia, which variety it

resembles so closely in wood and foliage, that it is difficult if not

impossible to distinguish it from that variety. The bunch and berry are

of the same color as Norton's Virginia, but somewhat larger, and more

juicy; sweeter, with not quite as much astringency, and perhaps a few

days earlier. Makes an excellent dark red wine, with not as much

astringency, but even more delicate aroma, and was pronounced the "best

red wine on exhibition," at the last meeting of the State Horticultural

Society, where it was in competition with eight samples of the Norton's

Virginia. A strong grower, and productive; as difficult to propagate as

the Norton. Mr. FULLER evidently has not the true variety, when he

calls it worthless, and identical with the Chippewa and Missouri, from

both of which it is entirely distinct.