Wine Review – Henry of Pelham Baco Noir Reserve 2010

Henry of Pelham Baco Noir Reserve 2010 wine bottleStill the best Baco Noir around…

Name: Henry of Pelham Baco Noir Réserve

Vintage: 2010

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

Value: 4/5

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