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Bedell Merlot 750ML 2010
Sku: 10065146
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Country: United States
Region: New York
Sub-Region: Long Island
Appellation: North Fork
Grape Varietal: Merlot
Type: Still wine
Reg. $24.99
Web Only $21.95
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Our 2010 Merlot ď30th Anniversary ReleaseĒ is born of the celebrated 2010 vintage, notable as possibly the greatest vintage in Long Islandís history in addition to being the 30th Anniversary from when Kip Bedell first planted our grapevines. This wine is both forward leaning and quintessential in that it harkens back to our roots as Long Islandís premier Merlot producer. Kip Bedellís reputation as a Merlot winemaker during the 1980s and 1990s helped establish our nascent regionís place on the global wine stage.

Only 10 Merlots from New York have ever received 90 points or higher from Wine Spectator, and four of them were from Bedell Cellars. Our 2009 Merlot became the first Long Island wine in history to be served at the Inauguration of the President of the United States. And today, under the creative vision and technical direction of Winemaker Rich Olsen-Harbich, Bedell 2010 Merlot once again solidifies our status as a world-renowned Merlot producer.

The 2010 Merlot was harvested from three different vineyard sites, fermented naturally using indigenous yeast, and blended after aging one year in French oak barrels. It is full bodied and juicy with fine ripe tannins. Heady aromas of dark berry fruit, violets, and cedar envelop flavors of native brambles, wild beach plums, anise and savory herbs. The finish is long and pleasant with a lingering minerality that is characteristic of wines grown in the unique glacial soils of the North Fork.

We commemorated our 30th Anniversary Release Merlot with a specially commissioned original label by internationally acclaimed painter Eric Fischl, a long-time friend of Bedellís owner Michael Lynne. Mr. Fischlís artwork is represented in many distinguished museums throughout the world and he is one of the most influential figurative painters of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Kip & Susan Bedell planted their first grapevines here in 1980, with Kip earning the moniker ”Mr. Merlot” in Wine Spectator magazine. In 2000, Bedell cellars was sold to Michael Lynne, the esteemed film executive and art collector. Today, Bedell stands at the forefront of creativity and excellence in the modern American wine industry, and is widely regarded as the benchmark winery in the eastern U.S.

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