Old Vines Baco Noir 2017
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Argentina has Malbec. Australia has Shiraz. Germany has Riesling. Canada’s classic grape variety might well be the little-known Baco Noir. This French-American hybrid is Canada’s answer to Pinot Noir, but maybe with a little more gutsy character and rustic charm to it.
Canada has two main wine regions - the Okanagan Valley, following on north from America’s vineyards in California, Oregon and Washington, and Ontario, which is a lot more Old World. Henry of Pelham is based in the latter and their Old Vines Back Noir is dark and jammy, with lush fruit, damson, tobacco, exotic spices and smoked pepper. It makes a wonderful match to roast lamb or rich and spicy tomato sauces.
In 1794, Nicholas Smith set up a small farm not far from Niagara Falls on the Canadian side of the border. His son Henry built a tavern and jokingly signed his liquor license “Henry of Pelham” - in reference to a former British prime minister. The name stuck, but more importantly, so did the vines that he planted on his Dad’s farm.
Many generations later, the winery in the Short Hills Bench sub-appellation of the Niagara Peninsula is going strong and is still run by the same family. They helped to set up the Vintners Quality Alliance – Canada’s equivalent of France’s AOC and Italy’s DOC systems – and they are certified sustainable by the Wine Council of Ontario. Run by the three Speck brothers, Henry of Pelham is one of Canadian wine’s rising stars.
SKU No.: 3085024
Style No.: 760590
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