TASTEVIN: A 10-Year-Old Wonder; Vineyard Walks; New Labels at Bedell

Medolla Vineyards is finally releasing their 2004 Merlot, a wine that’s worth waiting a decade for. It’s on sale at Empire State Cellars for $15.99 and through their website, soon, for $19.99. “We’re calling the wine a 10-year wonder,” says John Medolla, one of the owners.” The grapes were from 25-year-old and eight-year-old vines from the old Dzugas Vineyard and the wine was produced at Lenz with winemaker Eric Fry.

John and Denise Medolla at The Lenz Melot Classic

John and Denise Medolla

Sannino Bella Vita Vineyards has added team building and custom labels to its boutique winery where customer participation is part of the culture.

The best way to learn more about wine is to walk the vineyards and visit the winery before tasting the wine. On Saturdays at 1 p.m., through March and April, Castello di Borghese opens their grounds and facilities for exploration and discovery; tickets are $20 and include wine. Visit the winery’s website to sign up.

Bedell Cellars is unveiling new labels this year with their 2012 bottlings. Look for the Certified Sustainable badges on the front, which guarantees sustainable practices as outlined by Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing. The 2012 Malbec is already for sale in the tasting room.

2012 Malbec