Curious how Rich Olsen-Harbich with his terroir-driven, low-touch winemaking philosophy will change the portfolio at Bedell Cellars, where he took over head winemaking duties over the summer?
The Bedell Cellars 2010 Taste Rose ($18) is your first opportunity to taste for yourself.
This wine, which replaces the Domaine CC Rose in the Bedell/Corey Creek lineup is dominated by merlot (62%) with cabernet franc (27%), syrah (7%) and petit verdot (4%) -- all intended for rose rather than saignee, whole-cluster pressed and fermented with ambient yeast.
The nose bursts with a distinct passion fruit-meets-guava aroma with notes of peach, strawberry, blood orange and a touch of earthy spice and sage.
On the dry, medium-bodied palate the flavors lean a bit more towards red fruit -- particularly strawberry and red raspberry -- with a dose of passion fruit and blood orange. In the background, there is a nice herbal component some peppery spice.
Not as racy as some local roses, there is still nice, fresh acidity here and a bit of tannin as well. They are subtle but add a bit of structure.
Producer: Bedell Cellars
AVA: North Fork