A Blue-Black Wine or Jelly Grape
Similar Varieties: DeChaunac, Frontenac, Foch
Usage Notes -- Wine
Baco is frequently used in a blend with other reds. We often blend it with Foch & DeChaunac. It adds a unique "vinous" flavor and character to any wine.
One of the best Baco Noir's that I have tasted was called "Bull Dog Baco" from Bully Hill Vineyard in New York.
Click here for a ripening summary and grape prices for the whole vineyard .....
Variety Info -- Baco Noir (aka. Baco No. 1)
Baco Noir is an important commercial variety in northern U.S states, as well as 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 wines’ 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 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?
Another article on Baco:
Baco noir (pronounced BA-koh NWAHR; Baco noir, also called Baco 1 is a hybrid red .........
In the international wine world, red hybrids such as Baco Noir and Maréchal Foch have the appeal of a tag-team wrestling bout.
They are the blue-collar grapes, the early-ripening, winter-hardy, heavy-bearing hybrids that lack the finesse, the breed and the delicate dispositions of Old Europe's noble vinifera varieties. (You know these as Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot et al.)
Yet the contemporary Canadian wine industry owes Baco and Foch more than a debt of gratitude because they replaced the unlamented Concord and other labrusca varieties that made our wines undrinkable. And today producers such as Henry of Pelham, Malivoire, Quails' Gate and Summerhill have produced cult wines of these trailer park varieties that cost as much as their continental cousins.
Where are the Baco vines located in the vineyard?
- Rows 55 & 56
Each row has about 50 vines.
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Where can I Purchase Frontenac Wine & Vines?
Baco Noir is often used in commercial red blends.
"Simply Red" from St. Julien Winery in Michigan is a typical red blend of this style.
Red blends can be usually purchased in Michigan from local wine shops and grocery stores.