Baco Noir is an important commercial variety in northern U.S states, as well as in much of Canada. A cross of Folle Blanche and Vitis riparia, Baco Noir remains a lasting legacy of the turn-of-the-century French hybridizer, Francois Baco.
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 begs the question; is terroir character limited to Vitis vinifera?
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