Producer: Bedell Cellars
AVA: North Fork of Long island AVA (New York)
Grapes: 100% petit verdot
Price: $50*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Bedell Cellars 2017 Petit Verdot

Bedell Cellars 2017 Petit Verdot

88 points

There was a time when petit verdot was exclusively used as a blending grape by Long Island winemakers. With its dark color, bright acidity and grippy tannins it has long been a popular way to “beef up” other red bottlings, including Bordeaux-style blends.

That's changing over the past ten-plus years, however.

Bedell Cellars winemaker Rich Olsen-Harbich made one of the first varietal petit verdots that I can remember in 2004 when he was the winemaker at nearby Raphael. “Over the last decade I’ve found petit verdot to be one of the best—if not the best—red wine of any vintage,” he told me recently.

His 2017 from Bedell is lightly toasted at the edges, with ripe blueberry and plum fruit and notes of spice and violets. As it sits in the glass, a coffee note emerges as well as a mineral-y, almost meaty one. Think salt-cured meat.

Well-balanced and both fresh and age-worthy, this is the kind of wine that makes you wonder why petit verdot isn’t even more common on its own—especially as our climate changes and gets warmer (even if climate change also brings unpredictable weather as well).

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 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 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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