I have always been a big fan of their reds and I am looking forward to tasting the `04 Baco Noir Reserve, as well as the Speck line of wines.Tasting goes Tuesday night downtown with Mat Garretson here on wednesday!
I had the opportunity to visit their winery about a year and a half ago. Actually, I met Paul B. there and we hit a few others that day. Very nice old place, but I have to admit, Baco is one of the hybrids I'm not fond of. I much prefer Foch and Leon Millot. In fact, this past weekend, while in Niagara-On-The-Lake picking up juice I stopped at Catherine Family Winery tried their Baco and Foch and bought 2 bottles of the Foch. HoP does a nice job with Riesling also.
I need to underscore for folks reading that many times, a hybrid red will show dramatic evolution if allowed to decant for a day or two. Most young Baco, in my experience, really peaks on the second day of being open; there is an integration that takes place in the bottle that's particularly noteworthy. This also holds true for Foch, especially those with oak.