2020 Bank Barn Baco Noir


SILVER MEDAL, 2022 FINGER LAKES INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION
The Staff family barn was originally built in 1883 by Elisha Staff, then rebuilt in 1884 after a lightning strike burnt it to the ground. Located at one of the highest points on the estate, our bank barn (named for the earthen "bank" that leads to the upper floor) is an easy landmark for visitors to the area. No wonder, then, that Sue-Ann's signature un-oaked Baco Noir, something of a landmark in the portfolio, is named for this beloved structure. 

 

2020's hot, dry conditions created intensely concentrated fruit. Our Baco was harvested in early September and processed through a "flash unit", heating the whole berries to 80°C to rupture each berry’s outer cells, releasing the colour. This wine was entirely vinified in stainless steel, allowing the full expression of varietal and vintage characteristics.

This is a rich, round, and intense Baco. Juicy black cherry and creamy milk chocolate aromatics explode from the glass, making your mouth water in anticipation of the first sip. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth (Baco has little tannin on its own, and since this wine is vinified in stainless steel, there's no additional oak tannins), paving the way for luscious baked cherry and plum flavours with a hint of zippy red currant.  Savour on its own or serve with bbq ribs, fresh pasta pomodoro, or charcuterie. 

 Alc. 11.5%     RS 14 g/l     TA 6.8 g/l     pH 3.70 

 

Appearance: Semi-opaque. Purple core.
Nose: Violets, black cherry, ripe dark berry fruit (blackberry, black currant), leather, earth, green vegetal note, and a hint of mint.
Palate: Medium acid, medium tannin, medium body. Just off-dry. Licorice, cherry, raspberry, plum, blackberry, green herbs. Well-balanced.
Quality: Outstanding. 90 points. Drink now or hold 1 – 2 years. Tony Aspler

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