GHENT, NY — During his Sangria Festival this past summer at the Hudson-Chatham Winery, I had a chance to join owner Carlo DeVito for a quick taste of the Columbia County operation’s upcoming Baco Noir. Delicious stuff — rich and inky in color, robust and fruity on the palate, very promising for a young wine and a nice follow-up to his ’08 version that won a gold medal at the New York Wine & Food Classic.
Baco Noir is one of the more unsung grapes in New York State, but one of my personal favorites. It’s been around here since the mid-20th Century, a hybrid red wine grape variety produced from a cross of Vitis vinifera var — Folle Blanche, a French wine grape — and an unknown variety of Vitis riparia, an indigenous North American grape species.
Since Carlo and wife/partner Dominique are offering a pre-release special pricing through this Sunday, I’d suggest gathering up at least several bottles and cellaring them for a while since Baco Noir reaches its most drinkable stage at 5 to 7 years of age. Their Hudson-Chatham 2009 Baco Reserve is going for $16.95 a bottle if you order three or more. The retail price in the tasting room is $18.95 a bottle. Case orders will get you an additional 10% off. You still need to figure in 8% tax. You can order via e-mail and pick up your order at the winery. If you want it shipped, they’ll do so via UPS and charge you the shipping fee.
Hudson-Chatham Winery is located at 1900 State Route 66 about midway between Ghent and Chatham. It is open year-round from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Phone: (518) 392-9463.
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