Bedell Cellers in Cutchogue, one of Long Islands oldest vineyards, is one year into it tenure with one of Long Island’s most experienced winemakers, Rich Olsen Harbich. His first offering at Bedell was the 2010 Taste Rose. It was such a hit that it sold out before the summer was finished. However, there are still some wines left over from the former winemaker Kelly Urbanik, who now holds the same duties at Macari Vineyards. This is one of her last offerings while at Bedell Cellars.
Bedell Cellars 2009 First Crush White ($18) is their entry-level white. It sees no oak and is a perfect summer sipper, either for the picnic, fresh caught fish or sitting out with friends, it really satisfies. It is a blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Sauvignon Blanc.
On the nose aroma’s of fresh tropical fruit, like pineapple, mango and papaya lead with hints of melon and juicy apple.
Lush, thanks to the heavy amount of Chardonnay, the Sauvignon Blanc brings a crisp zippy acidity feel to the palate.
On the palate notes of apple and ripe pear mix with a rocky minerality and juicy citrus. Hints of tropical mango, papaya and passion fruit fill the palate out as the wine warms to room temperature.
Sláinte!*I received this bottle as a sample from the vineyard
- A Visit to Bedell Cellars (undertakingwine.com)