Producer: Bedell Cellars
AVA: North Fork of Long island AVA (New York)
Grapes: 50% riesling, 30% gewurztraminer, 20% chardonnay
ABV: 10.8%
Price: $18*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Bedell Cellars 2017 First Crush White

87 points

This blend of young vine riesling, gewurztraminer and chardonnay, this affordable ($18) summery white offers pretty citrus and citrus blossom aromas with delicate notes of ocean breeze and green apple in the background.

On the lighter-bodied (10.8 percent abv), the green apple qualities take center stage on the palate, joined by notes of gritty pear and more citrus. The gewurztraminer is surprisingly tame here, but there are some floral notes as it warms to room temperature. Most importantly, juicy acidity is well-integrated and lengthens the finish nicely — which ends with just the most subtle sprinkle of saline minerality.

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded NewYorkCorkReport.com in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched TheCorkReport.us in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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