This week on Appellation America, I have recommended a white wine that I think captures the unique terroir of Long Island's North Fork as well as any I've tasted.
2005 Bedell Gallery ($45), from Bedell Cellars is a complex, richly textured blend of 52% chardonnay, 32% sauvignon blanc and 16% viognier. This is a unique blend for
the North Fork, or most anywhere else for that matter. Five separate
lots of chardonnay were barrel fermented in French oak with primarily
native yeast, and were blended with the viognier and sauvignon blanc.
Pale straw yellow in the glass, the aromas immediately rise up from the glass — before swirling even begins — with lemons, vanilla bean, toasty marshmallow and oak, minerals and subtle baking spice that come together in a layered-yet-fresh nose.
This blend is absolutely seamless on the palate, with the three varieties coming together without any rough edges. The result is an elegant, well-balanced wine that is nimble on the palate but extremely flavorful. Citrus, vanilla and mineral flavors fill the mouth and just the right acidity brings balance and potential longevity. Balance is truly on display here.
Read more about this wine at Appellation America.