May Sweet Wine Selection Democracy Vineyards Republic 2012

red7 jplimagryKeeping with May’s Nelson County winery theme, this month’s sweet wine comes from our friends at Democracy Vineyards.   Democracy is well in to its fifth year of operation and just opened their tasting room to the public last fall.  Family owned and operated, Democracy Vineyards believes Democracy Starts with a bold vision and succeeds with Bold Action.

The grapes for this 100% Petit Manseng wine were harvested at a level of 30° Brix (sugar level).  The resultant wine is light amber in the glass with a floral bouquet of gardenias, geraniums and daisies.  On the attack the wine presents a nice slightly acidic bite with honey undertones Midpalate expands to expose tropical notes leading to a crisp finish with a touch of granny smith apple.  The sharper apple finish obscures the 4% residual sugar in this delightful picnic favorite.

Pairing this wine I would choose light summer fare including chicken salad on croissants, fruit salad or sauteed zucchini, onion and yellow squash.

Designed to be consumed in its youth, this wine will not gain in complexity with additional bottle aging.

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