1997 Bedell Cellars Chardonnay Long Island New York. Source and price not noted; around $20 if memory serves. [I remember thinking the price was outrageously high seven years ago.]
I've had this wine kicking around for about 7 years. I attended a tasting in 1999 of Cab Franc wines, one of which was from folks from Long Island, and for some reason the tasting inspired me to buy this bottle of wine. I thought it was outrageously priced, but figured all the rich folks out on the Forks were driving the price up. Embarassed me, this bottle did. I overpaid, it was from a crummy wine area, it was for God's sake Chardonnay. The bottle went from one wine cellar to another and three years ago I moved it into my "drink now" refrigerator. If nothing else I could give it to a OBC wine lover. :-)
I looked at that damn bottle time after time, and chose at least 300 wines before I decided that I had to bite the bottle, as it were. After all, there's a sink right next to that refrigerator.
Oh my gosh -- this wine was wonderful. I've had a hundreds of white Burgundies after attending seven of Daniel Johannes's Burgundy blow outs. This Chardonnay was at least as good as any of those wonderful wines. Just a hint of oak, lovely fruit, wonderful aroma and taste, perfectly balanced fruit and acidity, long, long complex finish. It was too good to drink with food -- I was batching it, and decided to drink my dinner. This was a wonderful bottle of wine. 5*.
Some technical stuff I found in my notes follow this note. I hope they relate to this vintage -- I've never ever bought or tasted a Bedell wine before I had this bottle and am not entirely sure where they came from.
Main Road, Rte. 25
Cutchogue, NY 11935
Cases Produced: 1422
First Vintage Bottled: 1993
Year Planted: 1982
Winemaker: John Levenberg
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
Brix at Harvest: 20.2
TA: 6.26 g/l
Vinification: 40% Stainless Steel and 60% French Oak Fermented