Sunday, March 24, 2013

2011 Henry of Pelham Baco Noir (Ontario VQA)

Henry of Pelham's Baco Noir is a long-standing go-to example of varietal Baco in Ontario. The 2011 version is particularly elegant and from a good red-wine vintage.

The wine shows a saturated dark garnet-purple colour and a brilliant, deep-scarlet hue at the meniscus. It has complex and pleasant, brackish / Vitis riparia aromas on the nose, which are framed by gentle American oak vanillins. The zingy (but not sour) acidity creates a nice balance. A fine streak of tannin holds it all together.

I'm not sure if vine age is starting to do its magic, but this is one of the most balanced and structurally integrated examples of this wine that I've had. It's very good.

The finish is warm clean and flavourful on the mid-palate, with a rounded, cleansing acidity leading into the warm (13% alc./vol.), oak-accented finish. It's a very pleasant wine, and quite moreish.

LCBO Product ID: 270926

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