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Doux d'Henry

The vine Doux d'Henry, according to some would be of French origin, but more likely it's a genuine native of Pinerolo (Rovasenda, 1877), where it is still cultivated today. It is known as Gros d’Henry and Doun d’Henry. Cultivated mainly in the province of Turin, and in particular in the Pinerolo, this grape has tendency to sag and floral abortion of the bunch making it necessary to grow with other pollinating varieties, and this is why it is rarely found vinified alone. Its berry is black, medium or large, and spherical with thin but strong skin, slightly waxy, blue-black colored. The bunch is medium to large, conical-pyramidal, and winged, with a medium, three-lobed or five-lobed leaf. The Doux d'Henry grape has high vigor and time of medium-late maturing. Its production is inconsistent, partly because of its tendency to sag and floral abortion. The Doux d'Henry vine gives a medium ruby red wine of medium body. The scent is pleasing and not intense. This grape is rarely vinified alone, and the wine is to be drunk young.

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