The ’09 Summerhill Pyramid Winery Baco Noir (13.5% alc.) comes from organic and transitional grapes from the Okanagan valley in British Columbia, Canada.
It is almost opaque ruby color, typical for Baco Noirs. Initially tight on opening, aromas of leather, something on the sweeter side of a cigar box, spices, and a vague hint of liquorice root developed. In the mouth, there is the acidic tartness of swamp cranberries, and black berries.
This Baco Noir took a while to open up so take your time getting to know it. The notes that develop are well worth it.
It pairs well with game, lamb, or a rack of ribs with good ol’ barbecue sauce. I can also tell you what it definitely does not pair with: tomato sauce based pasta dish. The acidity of the tomatoes clashed with the tartness of the Baco Noir, and made it harsh. This was a pairing gone wrong, and one I’ll put down to experience in the live and learn category. Baco Noir is an acidic red wine, so pair with that in mind.
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