Summer is just around the corner, but with this exceptionally warm Spring weather, I’m in the mood for Rosé now! Bedell Cellars, a sustainable family-owned estate vineyard and winery on the North Fork of Long Island, has made two great vintages of their Taste Rosé. Bedell Cellars has a 30 year legacy of winemaking on the North Fork, which is impressive for a young Northeastern U.S. appellation.
Bedell’s winemaker, Rich Olsen-Harbich, has been around since the estate’s beginning and is the man responsible for authoring the North Fork of Long Island appellation into existence back in 1986. Olsen-Harbich crafts the estate’s wines via a holistic natural winemaking program, relying entirely on indigenous yeasts. He stands alone among Eastern North American winemakers in his exclusive use of indigenous yeasts.
I tasted the 2011 Bedell Cellars Taste Rosé for the first time last week and was instantly charmed. I am thrilled to add a high quality, locally produced rosé to my list of go-to summertime quaffs!
Tasting Note: Beautiful coral pink color. Aromas of wild strawberry, tropical fruit, white peach are accented by delicate citrus blossom and herb notes. Bright and crisp on the palate with red berry flavors and zippy acidity. Delightful, refreshing finish.
The Taste Rosé made a wonderful companion for a simple dinner of Tortellini with Asparagus, Peas, Goat Cheese and Mint (recipe from Fine Cooking).