2014 Hudson-Chatham Baco Noir Reserve

2014 Hudson-Chatham Baco Noir Reserve


Region: New York, Hudson Valley

Grape: Baco Noir

Tasting notes (from the winemaker): This is a handmade wine. No fining. No filtering. Hints of vanilla and cherry are on the nose. The cherry comes through, as does a touch of vanilla in this wonderful, medium bodied red wine of great complexity. It finishes with some spice, dry and smooth. This delightful red has a bright sour cherry profile with big whiffs of plum and vanilla. An incredible soft, medium-bodied wine that will age well for years. This wine is excellent with cheese, pork, chicken, pasta, and other gourmet meals.

From the winemaker: 

Baco Noir was originally bred to replace Pinot Noir during the phylloxera epidemic during the 1800s. It produces a medium body, deeply tinted, acidic red wine which is fruit forward and often carries aromas of black fruits and caramel.

Baco Noir Reserve from Casscles Vineyards. The story of this wine starts at the home of our winemaker Stephen Casscles at Casscles Vineyards Athens at their farm Cedar Cliff. The grapes are grown on the Casscles family property, in small, well-tended vineyard blocks. The vineyard is not far from the Hudson River on the west bank, which gets the benefits of slightly warmer weather afforded it by the Hudson River. This farm was a recreational farm that was probably first planted in pear and cherry trees and some grapes around 1870s and was originally part of the much larger Thorpe Farm. The Casscles started planting grapes in 1990 or 1991. It is an experimental vineyard that grows primarily French-American hybrid grapes. The vines used to make our Baco Noir are more than 20 years old.

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