Wine Review – Henry of Pelham Baco Noir Réserve 2011

Henry of Pelham Baco Noir Réserve 2011 Wine BottleStill our house red…

Name: Baco Noir Réserve

Vintage: 2011

Producer: Henry of Pelham

Region/Country: Niagara, Ontario, Canada

Grape Varietal(s): Baco Noir

Consumed: Over a beef tenderloin holiday dinner with family

Recommended By: Paul Speck, President, Henry of Pelham Family Estate

Cost: $25

Bottle Presentation: Distinctive dark blue Henry of Pelham label, although we know it has since changed (in 2016)

Appearance: Medium-to-deep ruby red, bordering on garnet

Nose: Blackberry, blueberry, leather, black licorice, cloves, cinnamon, and vanilla (yum!)

Taste: Dry, medium acidity, tannins and body, with notes of jammy black fruit (blackberry, blueberry and dark cherry), earth, dark chocolate, and black pepper, as well as hints of grilled meat and mint

Finish: Medium, with prominent dark fruit notes

Overall Impression: An outstanding wine, and still our house red. The wine’s balance and complexity shine through in this predictable offering. It remains a challenge to keep it in our cellar for any extended period of time, which is, perhaps, the greatest compliment we can offer. If you haven’t tried it, do yourself a favour and get your hands on a bottle or two.

Rating (from 70 to 100): 92

Value: 3.5/5

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