Democracy Vineyards 2011 Declaration

In addition to being the father of the American Wine Industry (as deemed by Wine Spectator) Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson is also credited as the principal author of the Declaration of Independence.

Jefferson chose the word “Declaration” deliberately to clearly state America’s freedoms were God given and the thirteen colonies were united in their opposition to British rule.

Democracy Vineyards “Declaration” makes a similarly strong statement about where the winery is and what it aspires to be.

Blending white wine, especially more than two grapes requires a delicate touch.  The 2011 Declaration, with its even split between varietals, captures the best of each component.

A blend of 34% Chardonnay, 33% Viognier, 33% Petit Manseng, this wine presents a light straw appearance in the glass disguising the layers of flavors to follow.

On the nose this wine opens with green apple and honey dew melon notes; the sharp attack is bright with granny smith apple highlights.  The thinner than anticipated midpalate surprises with hints of tropical notes and ripe apricots.  The quick, crisp finish does not linger but disappears as quickly as birthday cupcakes in a second grade classroom.

The unique blend and flavor profile make this white blend a great wine to serve to the ABC (anything but Chardonnay) crowd.  It is extremely versatile for pairing.  I would lean toward spicier chicken and fish dished but this would also pair well with BBQ ribs.

Designed to be consumed in its youth this wine is drinking very nicely now.  While additional bottle aging may meld the components further, I do not anticipate significant increase in complexity.


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