90 points for a Long Island wine

The online preview of the September issue of the Wine Spectator is up and the 2005 Bedell Museé got 90 points from Tim Matthews. Here’s the review:

This juicy red delivers cherry, cranberry and smoke flavors backed by gentle tannins. It’s full but plush, with lively acidity and a spicy finish. Generous and vivacious. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2010. 400 cases made. –TM

I’ve written this story before. It goes like this: Call the winery, the person designated to talk to the press says they’re very happy and that it’s a great thing for the region.

Which it is. As the 89project states, the difference between 89 and 90 is sales. And 90 ratings really snap consumers to attention.

The wine was made under the tenure of winemaker John Levenberg with consulting winemaker Pascal Marty, and winemaker emeritus, Kip Bedell, who has four 90-point wines under his belt. The first were the 87 Merlot, the 88 Reserve Merlot and the 1995 Cupola, a blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot.

I have two bottles of the 2005 left at the restaurant. I wonder how fast they’ll go now …


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One response to “90 points for a Long Island wine

  1. Saw this after lunch today…it’s good to see that a Long Island wine has again broken that barrier.

    I’m super curious to hear how quickly those last couple of bottles sell.

    This score is probably why the price listed on the Bedell website jumped from $65 to $75 recently.

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