Girardet Baco Noir, 2006
Girardet Winery, of Roseburg Oregon, is a pioneer in the Baco Noir variety on the West Coast. They have been producing it since 1991. Baco Noir was developed in the Armagnac region of Bordeaux by Francois Baco. This bottle of wine was produced in the Umpqua Valley in Southern Oregon and was given to me by one of my very nice patients. This is the first time we ever tasted a wine from the Baco Noir. This wine has a deep crimson/purple color that is very dark in the glass. The nose is packed with rich aromas of blackberry, sweet plum, cotton candy and spice. This is a medium bodied wine with a rich mouth feel of cooked blueberries, black cherry, cinnamon, and chocolate. The rich fruit flavors build slowly and then linger on a spicy finish. There are soft tannins and lingering acidity that contribute to the overall deliciousness factor. This wine comes in someplace between a new world Spanish Garnacha and a smooth Mendoza Malbec.