Baco Noir

Baco Noir is a hybrid red wine grape created at the beginning of the 20th century by French hybridizer, Francois Baco. It is a crossing Folle blanche (a white wine grape from France) and an a mystery red wine grape of the Vitis riparia variety found in North America. It is possible that genetic mapping will eventually bring the origins of this mystery variety to light. 

The grape produces rich, highly pigmented red wines with pronounced acidity. Baco Noir based wines are capable of moderate to long term aging and, in many cases, require some time in the cellar, in order to soften the wine's aggressive acidity. Aromas of the wine are pleasantly rustic and smoky.

Ontario’s Henry of Pelham has been particularly successful making and marketing wines with Baco Noir, despite the fact that under VQA law, the grape is relegated to Tier 2 status – meaning wines made from the grape may only list "product of Ontario" on the label rather than any specific appellation. Which Read more »

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  • Hudson Chatham Baco Noir 2010

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    loaded with berry fruit, cherries, cedar notes, nice chocolatey peppery spice notes, lovely acidity and low tannin balance of a wine. this would be good with cheese! Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig


  • Benmarl Baco Noir 2009

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    Lightly scented with notes of black plum, grape and wood spice topped with a touch of muskiness and a touch of dried cilantro. Bright on entry, this is medium bodied with a nice base of supple tannins. The fruit is fairly intense, picking up the black plum notes from the nose, yet a touch simple. More wild plum notes on the palate are joined by ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Hudson Chatham Baco Noir 2010

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    Lightly scented with notes of black plum, grape and wood spice topped with a touch of muskiness and a touch of dried cilantro. Bright on entry, this is medium bodied with a nice base of supple tannins. The fruit is fairly intense, picking up the black plum notes from the nose, yet a touch simple. More wild plum notes on the palate are joined by ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • For the Virtual tasting this week. Ugh... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oh boy, my wine arrived today...


  • Castel Grisch Baco Noir 2010

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    Greatly enjoyed 2004, which seemed multidimensional and complete. The 2007 needs time. Read More

    Wine review by bjcs


  • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Red Blend Seneca Lake Red Cat

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    Pretty sweet stuff, but it is great. Read More

    Wine review by lostmarine


  • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Red Blend Seneca Lake Red Cat

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    This is one of our family's favorite wine. My wife loves sweet and wines and I love dry wines. This is just a perfect "meet in the middle" for every kind of wine lover. Buy in bulk when possible, it is that good! Read More

    Wine review by vanbrowns


  • Bully Hill Vineyards Banty Red 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by jjmik


  • Sandbanks Estate Baco Noir Vqa 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by lbru


  • Sandbanks Estate Baco Noir Vqa Rouge NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by lbru


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