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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  • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Red Blend Seneca Lake Red Cat


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    Wine review by DaisyMarie85

  • Bully Hill Vineyards Red Blend Finger Lakes NV


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    Wine review by Drshameless87

  • Melrose Vineyards Baco Noir Umpqua Valley 2005


    Anyone who appreciates a well-cultivated noir will love this wine! I should keep this a secret... Read More

    Wine review by Gewber

  • Henry of Pelham Baco Noir 2007


    Intense black color with blue fringes. A foreword aroma of scorched earth followed by dark berry compote. Distinctively layered flavour of initial tobacco, then blackberry and tart black current. Robust dark berry wine, medium tannins, heavy body, medium sweet. Bought at Crowfoot Liq. Aug 2010, $17 Read More

    Wine review by SteffenLT

  • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Red Blend Seneca Lake Red Cat


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    Wine review by aurorarit2882

  • Station Red 2006


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    Wine review by trobbs

  • Girardet Baco Noir Umpqua Valley 2008


    This one is for all the wine geeks out there. Good luck finding this varietal ... resist as I have never had Baco noir. Great pairing for pizz Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Grilling season is on and I'd like to hear from members about their favorite recipes, sides to accompany, and of course wine pairings.My proven crowd pleaser is baby back ribs you can grill one day and serve from the oven any time within the next few days.4 racks ribs, cut in half, six or so bones to the pieceRub:  1T course ground black pepper;... Read More

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  • Henry of Pelham Baco Noir 2005


    2005 and 2007 are both great years, but 2005 takes the lead with it's rich smokey berry flavors. It paired so well with really hard aged parmigiano reggiano. After letting it breath for at least an hour the harsh bite had melted into chocolate smoothness. My favorite wine ever. Too bad I can't find it anywhere anymore. Read More

    Wine review by xsaraxmariex

  • Lakewood Vineyards Long Stem Red Finger Lakes 2008


    200811.9% ABVBaco Noir, Marechal Foch, Vincent, DeChaunac, Leon Millot Blend750mL$8.99Rich garnet to almost purple in color. Notes of earth and berries followed by a smooth vanilla. Some acid followed by earth, chocolate, leather and cherries or maybe cranberries at the finish. Read More

    Wine review by MatthewPhilips

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