Most of the 2007 red wines are gone from the tasting rooms, but some have still some they are holding on to. Some wineries are rolling out the 2008 reds at this point and some are even rolling out 2009’s. 2008 was a challenging year, but the 2008’s that I tasted remind me of some of the 2006’s. 2008 will not go down as a great vintage, non-the-less, with a little time in the bottle, you can find some diamonds in the rough.
Rich Olsen Harbich, winemaker at Bedell Cellars did not make this wine, Kelly Urbanik started it, Rich finished it.
The Bedell Cellars 2009 Cabernet Franc ($30) is a beautiful wine that shows why Cabernet Franc when in the right hands, is perfect for the Long Island Region no matter the vintage.
On the nose, loads of cherry, raspberry, dried strawberry and cedar lead the way with notes of dried herbs like sage and thyme are in the back ground. Earthy spice notes emerge with a hint of vanilla bean.
The palate brings more cherry and raspberry with a hint of bay leaf and more earthy aroma’s. Some smoky, sweet tobacco/cedar box flavors also develop with time in the glass.
Unfortunately, this wine is sold out at the winery, however, I have noticed it at a few local wine shops.
Sláinte!*I received this bottle as a sample from the vineyard
- A Visit to Bedell Cellars (undertakingwine.com)
- Long Island Vines: Cabernet Francs of the East End – Review (nytimes.com)
- A Quick Visit with Rich at Bedell and a Glimpse into 2010 (eastcoastwineries.blogspot.com)