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Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer LAKEVIEW CELLARS
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. CSPC 347310
Type Red Table Wine
Agent Tra Bev
Country Canada
Region Ontario
Rating ***(91 points)
Intense, Rich, Ripe, Solid, Cedary
LCBO Text Status 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. Price $ 19.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - February 5, 2022
Cases bought 55 (12 bottles per case)

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