Musee05frontlabelfinalRemember Bedell Cellars’ Cupola, their flagship red blend?

Well, they haven’t made it recently, apparently deciding to discontinue the product line.

Instead, they’ve released a new high-end blend with their 2005 Musée, price at $65, making iti their most expensive wine (and $15 more than the last Cupola if I remember right).

Joining wines like their Gallery, TASTE Red and TASTE White, Musée’s front label features artwork by a renowned artist. This time, Chuck Close a well-known
painter and recipient of the 2000 National Medal of Arts, has contributed the beautiful label, a photo daguerreotype of grapes.

Musée is a blend of merlot (78%), cabernet sauvignon (17%) and petit verdo (5%). Only 400 cases were made and they will be available in single bottles for that $65 or in hand-crafted wooden boxes of six for $400.

I haven’t tasted the wine yet, but I hope to soon. I can’t help but wonder if Bedell is starting to price their way out of much of the wine-buying community that walks through their tasting room doors. 

Time will tell though — with this wine and their prices in general.