Thursday, May 29, 2014
The Federalist, 2010, Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel was everything I like in a well made wine of this particular grape variety; pepper, red currant, plum and raspberry, yum! Produced by The Terlato Wine Group (a company with an extensive wine portfolio which includes vineyard ownership and management, wine importing/exporting and many international winery collaborations), The Federalist hails from Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County. The Dry Creek AVA has come to be recognised as perhaps the premier viticultural area in the state for producing Zinfandel. Zinfandel is considered the unofficial state grape of California.
And besides, I love the label. Alexander Hamilton was an interesting man; born out of wedlock, he was a patriot, legal scholar, fiscal conservative and a defender of the Constitution of the United States. All was going well for Hamilton until his career and reputation were derailed by his complicity in an 18th century sex scandal. And then, to top it all off, he was mortally wounded in a duel with Aaron Burr, a political rival. Wow, what a life! Spicy stuff, just like this wine.