Sunday, September 16, 2012

Rockway Glen 2007 Reserve Baco Noir, Ontario

Rock, rock, rock, Rockway Glen. It could be the beginning to a great garage band song! But instead it is an unusual winery in the Niagara Peninsula of Ontario that produces some surprisingly good wine.
I say surprising because Rockway is the only winery in Ontario with its very own 18-hole golf course. It serves up its wines at the 19th hole or at its posh restaurant.
The winery features a large portfolio of Cabernet and Merlot-based reds and Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris on the white side.
We snagged this bottle of reserve Baco Noir during a tasting. Baco Noir is a French-American hybrid that is particularly hardy. I also think it is particularly tasty.
This wine has a deep, rich fruitiness that hooks to the blackberry side of the spectrum. It is fruit forward with a refreshing mid-body feel. This reserve wine is barrel-aged, so it has more complexity than you would typically find in a Baco. It remains low in tannins.
The Rockway Glen reserve Baco tees off with smooth refreshing fruit. Blasts down the fairway with berry, smoke and caramel flavors. It then ends with a nice long puttering finish.
I can’t believe my “greens fee” was only $18 Canadian. This is a tasty wine that I would open right now if I had another bottle one hand.
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