Wine Advocate 88 points - The 2012 Taste Red is mostly a Merlot-Syrah blend (58% Merlot and 28% Syrah), with dollops of others: 9% Petit Verdot and 9% Malbec. It was aged in French oak for nine months (two years old or older) and comes in at 11.5% alcohol. Despite some vintage differences in quality and style, this is mostly on par with the 2010 also reviewed, the 2012’s youth and lively demeanor compensating, at the moment, for the 2010’s depth and harmony. As time goes on, that advantage may fade. A bit tight just now, this really needed some air. You would do well to give it a year or three in the cellar. It should continue to develop well and hold nicely in the cellar for several years, at the least.
"Taste Red features a specially commissioned print by famed artist Barbara Kruger. It is an intriguing and powerful blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah. Mouth-filling, complex, world-class."
|Wine maker notes
|Full of dark juicy fruit, Taste Red has ripe and soft tannins complemented by a deep mouthwatering complexity.
|Kip & Susan Bedell planted their first grapevines here in 1980, with Kip earning the moniker ”Mr. Merlot” in Wine Spectator magazine. In 2000, Bedell cellars was sold to Michael Lynne, the esteemed film executive and art collector. Today, Bedell stands at the forefront of creativity and excellence in the modern American wine industry, and is widely regarded as the benchmark winery in the eastern U.S.