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|LAKEVIEW CELLARS RESERVE BACO NOIR 2017 VQA Niagara Peninsula
|Vintage Assessments Tasting Note
|Shockingly tasty. Who would have thought that this Baco Noir Reserve - an ancient French hybrid - would out-perform some recently-tasted, classy, European reds commanding up to twice the price. Of course, very few Baco Noir are this good. This 2017 surpassed all expectations - it's rich, ripe, complex and well structured. The genuine purity of Baco Noir fruit is what excites me. To take advantage of all the flavours, I switched to the ultra large Riedel Red 001 glass which is equivalent to 6 ISO glasses. Visually, it has an extremely deep intense dark purple colour. There’s an abundance of ripe, woodsy, plummy-raspberry fruit on the nose along with lots of mineral-tinged, cedar-sandalwood notes. Dry, medium-full bodied, very bright, intense, ripe, complex, plummy-crancherry-cassis flavours with a lingering, mouthfilling, cedary finish. It has 13% alcohol and 8 g/L residual sugar which cannot be detected due to the hefty 7.7 g/L total acidity. Winemaker Scott McGregor opted for full malolatic followed by aging on light lees for 6 months and then 22 months in a mix of ultra-premium Trust Cooperage American oak barrels. Its screwcap closure ensures slow aging - keeping it alive for years to come. This HIGHLIGHT is showing well now and should still evolve over the next few years. Under 400 cases were produced.
||Red Table Wine
Intense, Rich, Ripe, Solid, Cedary
||Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
A Best Buy
|TASTING NOTE: Baco Noir is a hybrid grape developed in 1894 by François Baco, who was working to create phylloxera-resistant vines for use in French vineyards. It has proven a great fit here and is now very nearly an exclusively Ontario product. This one has strawberry and cherry notes with leather, smoke and spice. It's a great wine for barbecued fare or beef stews.
||vintages release - February 5, 2022
||55 (12 bottles per case)
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