The other day while walking around a wine shop near my office, I noticed this bottle and I had to look twice. Did it really say 2008? Was that a typo? How could a 2008 Red wine be out already when some places did not release some of their 2007’s yet.
After doing a quick search on my blackberry, I found out that it is not a misprint it is on Bedell Cellars’ Website.
So then my next question came up; How does a 2008 red get released when there are still some 2007 reds that have not been released? I needed to take this home and taste and do some undertaking.
According to Bedell Cellars website, this wine goes through carbonic maceration.
Carbonic Maceration is a processes that is very common is some young vines. AS is the case here. The process is started when who grape clusters are fermented in a carbon dioxide environment before they are pressed and or crushed. In other words, the juice is fermented inside the berry. The result is a very fruity wine with little or no tannins. A perfect example would be Beaujolais Nouveau.
This Bedell Cellars 2008 First Crush is a blend of 72% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Franc. It was fermented in stainless steel. Retail is $18.
Now on to the tasting; on the nose I was picking up loads of cherry, raspberry, plumb, cedar and dried herbs. I was also picking up a bit of fermenting grapes in the glass when I first opened. Something that reminded me of walking through a wine cellar. I like that part of the wine the best.
The taste was more of the same. Cherry, Raspberry and plum. I was picking up some grape skin and a little smoke. There was lot of acidity and I found this to be palate cleansing.
The finish was nice, though short I was picking up some dark chocolate at the end.
In conclusion, I loved this wine. It had feelings of being in a vineyard at harvest season, tasting the grapes off the vine and the smell of the juice being crushed and fermented, aroma’s I love. It was alot of fun and went perfectly with he hamburgers I was grilling that night. It was a great value at $12.95 too! I recommend you pick this up at your wine shop if you see it, if not pick up some the next time you are out on the east end.