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Wine Recommendation

Bedell Cellars

1999 "TASTE" Red - Artist Series
(North Fork of Long Island)

Bedell Cellars 1999 “TASTE” Red ($25), which is 100% Merlot is a refined and medium-bodied wine with a fragrant nose that offers sweet, smoky cedar, brambles and hints of white pepper and wet earth.

Similar flavors are expertly balanced with silky smooth tannins and a delicious cherry-dominated finish lingers. I think this wine would be best with food typically served alongside pinot noir — mushrooms, salmon and pork. It would be a great addition to any Thanksgiving table and the Barbara Kruger-designed label is a wonderful conversation piece.

Reviewed October 6, 2005 by Lenn Thompson.


The Wine

Winery: Bedell Cellars
Vintage: 1999
Wine: "TASTE" Red - Artist Series
Appellation: North Fork of Long Island
Grape: Merlot

Review Date: 10/6/2005

The Reviewer

Lenn Thompson

Lenn Thompson writes about New York wines for Dan's Papers,
Long Island Press, Long Island Wine Gazette, Edible East End
and Two words describe his taste in wine — balance and nuance. Lenn prefers food-friendly, elegant wines to jammy, over-extracted fruit bombs and heavy-handed oak. When reviewing, Lenn tastes each wine three times — alone right after opening, with food, and again the next day — believing that 90-second reviews are unrealistic and not how the average person enjoys wine.