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FPS Grape Variety Focus - Cabernet Sauvignon

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Cabernet Sauvignon

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CABERNET SAUVIGNON: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE
Charles Sullivan, a leading expert on the history of California wine, has conducted extensive research on Bordeaux wines in the United States and Europe. He shares his knowledge and observations on the history of Cabernet, the quality of wines being produced, prices (grapes and bottle), geography and alcohol levels, and looks to the future of Cabernet.


SOURCES OF CABERNET SAUVIGNON CLONES
Dr. Deborah Golino, UC Cooperative Extension Specialist and Director of Foundation Plant Services, UC Davis, describes the availability of Cabernet Sauvignon clones in the United States, efforts to preserve Heritage Cabernet Sauvignon as clean stock, and a new project to provide a greater diversity of clones in California. She also shares data about the effects of common grapevine viruses on the yield and quality of Cabernet.


CLONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS IN FRANCE
Dr. Christophe Sereno, ENTAV – ITV, France, discusses the clonal development programs in France, noted for the meticulous development of clones by ENTAV and INRA and carefully planned research trials over the last half a century. Many of the most desirable Cabernet Sauvignon clones are part of their trademark program.


WINEMAKING: OLD WORLD VERSUS NEW WORLD
Michael Silacci, Winemaker at Opus One, Napa, CA explains the differences between old world winegrowing and new world winemaking, as demonstrated by the French-American joint venture at Opus One.


CABERNET SAUVIGNON IN LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES
Glenn McGourty, UC winegrowing and plant science advisor, Mendocino and Lake Counties, shares observations and wines from Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in these counties. Most of these vineyards are relatively new, at high elevations (above 1000 feet) and are using advanced technologies to produce high quality fruit. Growers are using both sustainable and innovative practices to reduce pesticide use while protecting their soil, air and water quality. He also presents data from a clonal trial conducted in Lake County from 1998-2001.


CABERNET CLONAL TRIALS AT OAKVILLE
Dr. James Wolpert, UC Davis viticulture specialist, is the project leader for an extensive Cabernet Sauvignon clonal trial at the UC Oakville Station in Napa. He shares data on the ground-breaking trial that includes old California selections, the new Heritage Cabernets in the FPS program, and clones from the French ENTAV-INRA program which have been imported to California in a joint venture with several of our California nurseries.


EFFECTS OF HANG TIME ON YIELD AND FRUIT COMPOSITION OF CABERNET SAUVIGNON GRAPEVINES GROWN IN SONOMA — MANAGEMENT OF IRRIGATION DURING HANG TIME
Martin Mendez, E&J Gallo Winery, describes the effects of “Hang Time’ on yield and fruit composition of Cabernet Sauvignon grapevines grown in Sonoma, and the effects of a new irrigation management during ‘Hang Time’ on yield losses and fruit quality.


GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON CABERNET MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES
Dr. Phil Freese, owner of Vilafonté and consultant (WineGrow), provides his perspectives on the global role of climate and site on management of Cabernet Sauvignon.


RESCUING OLD CABERNET SAUVIGNON CLONES
Scott McLeod has been the Director of Winegrowing at Rubicon Estate in Rutherford, Napa Valley for 14 years. The estate boasts a long history with Cabernet Sauvignon. McLeod talks about their efforts to "rescue" old clones of Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford and the steps required to do so.

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