Still the best Baco Noir around…
Name: Henry of Pelham Baco Noir Réserve
Producer: Henry of Pelham Winery
Region/Country: Ontario, Canada
Grape Varietal(s): 100% Baco Noir
Consumed: At home
Recommended By: Paul Speck
Cost: 24.95 CAD
Presentation: A classic, simple bottle, though not I’m sure about the colour choice of the vine versus the gold top (perhaps the vine should be gold, too…).
Appearance: Dark, ruby red.
Nose: Leather and sour cherries.
Taste: Leather, sour cherries, and earth. A great wine to sip in the winter and an excellent choice to pair with hearty, flavourful meat dishes.
Finish: Sour cherries and leather, though some alcohol persisted. I experienced a long finish with impressive staying power (caudalies).
Overall Impression: If I had a house red for the winter, this would be it! It needed to be decanted for a good hour, and it definitely improved thereafter. Nobody seems to produce a complex, consistent Baco Noir like Henry of Pelham (believe me, I’ve tried many). A word to the wise, this wine can easily overpower food, so make sure you pair it with something hearty and flavourful.
Rating (from 70 to 100): 91/100