Democracy Vineyards – 2011 Velvet Revolution

In developing a red “Bordeaux style” blend it is important to recognize the goal is to make the combination of the parts to be greater than merely the sum of the component parts.  This is achieved by determining the percentage of each varietal as well as the length of time the wine has to come together either in the barrel or bottle.

The blend for Democracy Vineyards 2011 Velvet Revolution seeks to balance the gentle fruit of the Merlot with the strong tannic structure of Petit Verdot.  The black pepper of the Cabernet Franc is countered by the austere fruit profile from the Chambourcin.

After aging in mainly neutral French oak as independent components, the wine was blended and allowed to settle for a number of weeks in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks.  After bottling, the wine laid down for another four months prior to release.

The lighter red color is indicative of the wet 2011 harvest, the rich aromas of plum, licorice and anise on the nose.  The supple attack includes an undertone of black cherry leading to an expansive midpalate that will only improve with proper cellaring.  The finish lingers nicely with spicy black pepper and just a hint of leather.

This wine calls for pairing with hearty beef dishes or savory vegetarian fare.

Drinking nicely now, this wine will increase in complexity with aging.


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