Wines don’t always need to be flawed to make you want to blend them. Sometimes two perfectly good wines make you wonder how they would taste together, and then you mix them just to find out. It’s just a fun thing to do and something I did last week with these wines.
Baco Noir is a hybrid red wine grape that crossed Folle Blanche, a French wine grape, and an unknown variety of Vitis riparia indigenous to North America. It grows well in cooler climates and has become a staple of the Canadian wine industry. The Summerhill Baco Noir is a deep dark wine, quite opaque in color, with a rich, pillowy texture, black fruit, mocha and tobacco leaf notes, easy tannins and little acidity. It’s like a walk in the Black Forest.
The Rose is a sweet blend of gamay and grolleau – a major rosé grape in Anjou – and has fruity, floral aromas and cherry and strawberry flavors. The body is light and the mouthfeel is fresh and fruity. It’s real summery wine, something to pair with spicy seafood.
Both wines had been open for a couple days, the rose in the refrigerator and the half full baco noir on the kitchen counter. The baco noir had opened up completely and was becoming rather port like by the time I wanted to drink it with chicken ravioli and pesto sauce. So I wondered what it would tasted like with a dash of rose.
Throwing a splash of rosé in the baco noir was like adding a lemon wedge to scotch. The pink lightened up the red both in color and body and added a whiff of acidity. Although it gave a sense of elegance to the brawny red wine, the sweetness of the rose didn’t really balance with the baco noir, so it wasn’t a totally successful blend.
This time, it was just a fun exercise in wine blending at home. Oh well.
Summerhill Pyramid Cellars 2009 Baco Noir has 13.1% alcohol and is available at BC Liquor Stores for $19.95, $6 off the regular price.
Les Ligériens 2010 Rosé D’Anjou has 11% alcohol and sells at BC Liquor Stores for $14.99
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