Wednesday, August 03, 2011

A Quick Visit with Rich at Bedell and a Glimpse into 2010

On a recent trip to Long Island, I stopped into see Richard Olsen-Harbich at Bedell. Rich is always doing something different, and I thought it would be a good thing to glimpse in and see what new wines he was making.

There's no question Rich will take Bedell in a wonderful new direction. He is making lots of small, high caliber batches, and will absolutely make a difference. He is the CC Sabathia that Bedell was hoping for (if you'll pardon Yankees reference).

The first was a 2010 white blend that won;t be released until next year. It was a blend of chardonnay, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer. The nose was like tropical candy, and the flavors like a bright fruit punch of pineapple, green apple, and a hint of kiwi. Absolutely bright and instant winner.

I tasted a rose made from Cabernet Franc. A salmon pink, it was a giant nose of fresh strawberries with a hint of green apple. A fantastic and refreshing rose, that will absolutely thrill next year.

The last was a 2010 Cabernet Franc that was easily the best Cabernet Franc I have ever tasted. It was huge with cherries, red currants, and vanilla. A big chewy wine that lacked the grassiness that some people talk Cabernet Franc down for. This was a tremendous wine with balance, depth, and incredible body.

These were all made with the incredible yeast culture Rich invented back in the spring. These wines, estate wines, made with their own yeasts are an incredible expression of time and place. And they also show the great promise of the 2010 vintage.