Baco Noir is the name of the grape that produced this wine. These grapes were 100% grown in a little vineyard just south of the winery in Manitowoc county. Normally this grape is too delicate for our climate. However, the vineyard that grows this grape is in somewhat of a micro-climate, providing that additional bit of warmth in the winter that this varietal needs to survive. This vineyard contracts exclusively with Parallel 44 to grow these grapes, and it is located in the Wisconsin Ledge AVA, just like Parallel 44.
Our grower Randy Riesterer, passed away in 2015, but his wife Faye now carries on with Randy’s passion to grow this beautiful but challenging grape.
The Baco Noir grape is of French parentage and its flavors are reminiscent of a Burgundy style wine. The wine has a fruit forward quality that evokes the verve and bounce of a “New World” wine region, but also the elegance and nuance of European “Old World” finesse.
Enjoy rich black currant aromas with a lingering raspberry and black cherry finish. This wine was aged in French oak for 3 months. Its tannins offer mid palate structure with a racy acidity. Pairs well with red sauces and other bold flavored foods. Perfect to drink now, but will develop incredible nuance and structure over time. This wine will remind you of a semi-sweet Pinot Noir.