For this last day at the North Fork of Long Island I am back at a few favorites to stock up ! I just left Lenz whose Blanc de Noir was on the top of my list (I reviewed it here last year) and I was impressed with their Gewürztraminer as well. I was also quite giddy seeing the workers out pruning the shoots on the vines in preparation for budburst as well as seeing head winemaker Eric Fry and his team working on the next vintage in the winery.
I am now at another favorite, Bedell Cellars whose 2010 first crush I reviewed as another favorite last year. Consider this my first vertical tasting as I just had the 2011 which has the addition of 20% Syrah which has added a nice spice to last year’s fruit-forward blend ( which I obviously loved). I like both a lot. 2010 was hot and the fruit really stood out in a way I adored, and while 2011 didn’t have as hot a year, this is a beautifully balanced wine and the Syrah addition is a nice touch. Their 2011 Cabernet Franc is also very nice as well as their 2010 Gallery white which is a pricier (but worth it) showcase blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Chardonnay. The tasting room and feel here are more modern and contemporary. Visit both when you can.