Bedell Cellars2004 "TASTE" White - Artist Series
(North Fork of Long Island)
This weekend, Bedell Cellars will release the second wine in their Artist Series, a blend of 50% Viognier, 35% Chardonnay and 15% Gewürztraminer, dubbed simply "Taste". The label was designed by reknowned artist Barbara Kruger, whose artwork has appeared in galleries and museums as well as on billboards, buscards and posters.
Eyes: Pale, lemony yellow with slight fizz visible around the edges
Nose: Citrusy aromas of grapefruit and lime are joined by light melon notes and a little sweet spice.
Tongue: This wine is medium-bodied and tart with lime, honeydew, cantelope and even a little fig flavor. It's very bright and crisp and yet the finish is a bit coating and lingering. Tasted from a hand-labeled 375ml pre-release sample, the varietal character of each grape was noticeable, with the blending also creating something above and beyond. I expect that with a little more bottle age, some richer fruit flavors will develop and poke through, adding layers of complexity and depth. Definitely worth buying in a few months, or buying and cellaring short term.
Price:$25 (150 cases produced, half pre-sold to the wine club, restaurants and wine shops)
Reviewed June 18, 2005 by Lenn Thompson.
Lenn Thompson writes about New York wines for Dan's Papers,