Posts Written OnJanuary 2014

Bedell Cellars 2012 Cabernet Franc


Though a bit timid right after pulling the cork, Bedell Cellars 2012 Cabernet Franc ($40), unwinds steadily with aromas of crushed blackberries and currants. If you’ve ever tasted just-picked cabernet franc grapes, there is some of that here too. On the medium-bodied palate, this fresh, juicy red shows ample strawberry flavors to go with darker fruits like blackberries and black cherries. Though the tannins are soft, there is enough acidity to keep the palate lively.Woodsy spice and subtle grape stem flavors develop on the second day open, adding some complexity. Long Island needs more cabernet franc in this style —…

Keuka Spring Vineyards 2012 “Pre-Emption Vineyard” Gewürztraminer


Part of winemaker August Deimel’s single-vineyard program, the Keuka Spring Vineyards 2012 “Pre-Emption Vineyard” Gewurztraminer offers a bright nose of sweet melon and pear with the floral notes you expect from the variety — but more white flower than rose petal. Mouth-filling but not overweight, the palate brings sweet, over-ripe honeydew and lemon drop candy flavors with floral undernotes. The midpalate steers toward cloying, but the combination of just-enough acidity and bitterness on the finish keeps it in check. The finish turns more floral but ripe, sweet fruit remains. Producer: Keuka Spring Vineyards AVA: Finger Lakes ABV: 12% RS: 1.25% pH: 3.52 Production:177 cases Release Date: May…

2014: What to Expect This Year on the New York Cork Report


Welcome to the new year at the New York Cork Report. 2014 is going to be a big year around here. Staffers with young kids have adjusted to life a bit. A few of us have new jobs that have reinvigorated our souls. And hey, we need to celebrate our 10-year anniversary the best way we know how — great content. Features like “What We Drank” and “5 Questions With…” will continue, but there are some changes coming too — some of them pretty big. Some are still knocking around in my head, but I can share a handful of…