Review By Ashley Serbus of Cellar 624
(American Edelweiss) Dakota Vines, 2021
“The fermentation process of Tundra plays a crucial role in shaping its character. Fermented in a stainlesssteel fermenter, this wine retains its crisp and focused profile. The fermenter was chosen to ensure that the wine maintains its vibrant acidity and freshness, providing a lively and invigorating experience with every sip. One notable aspect of Tundra is the carefully selected yeast used during fermentation. This yeast contributes to the wine’s overall profile by gently reducing the acidity, resulting in a smoother and more approachable wine. Additionally, it enhances the fruit flavors and aromas, elevating the tropical notes of pineapple and accentuating the lusciousness of the Edelweiss grape.”
- Noticeable pineapple aroma and notes of green apple, pear, and pineapple
- Medium-plus body
- Perfumed long finish with a nice sweetness-to-acidity balance with hints of ambrosia apples
Dakota Vines does a wonderful job capturing the character of the Edelweiss grape varietal. This semisweet wine is bursting with aromas of juicy peaches, melon, pineapple, honeysuckle, and the slightest hint of bubblegum.
The tundra is a medium plus-bodied wine with initial flavors of pineapple and green apple on the palate, followed by a perfumed long finish. The finish is a nice balance between acidity and sweetness with notes of ambrosia apples.
This wine is perfect for all sorts of food pairings; if you are a white wine drinker, I recommend the Tundra as a regular go-to for pairing with your charcuterie boards. This wine complements most cheeses, along with salty or spicy fare. You can enjoy it with a simple light appetizer, fruit, or even with Thanksgiving dinner! Some savory pairing suggestions are chicken kiev, scallops, or linguine in a white wine butter sauce.
When I think of local dishes, what immediately comes to mind are the sea scallops from Maxwells, or any of the tacos from Mas Tequila! Overall, the Tundra from Dakota Vines is a great option for a variety of pairings throughout the year. A local staple for your guests to try at any get-together.