“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased.” — Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton, Founding Father of the United States of America has his visage on the label of The Federalist Zinfandel 2008, and it’s apt. His life was as brief as it was extraordinary. Hamilton was an illegitimate son, brash and exuberant, and at twenty he was a colonel on George Washington’s staff, elected to be a framer of the Constitution, appointed the first Treasury Secretary and killed in a duel by the Vice President of United States at forty-seven.
And so it is with zinfandel. Everyone loves the juicy, fun approachable delicious wine, but it is often relegated to bastard-child status in the often elitist wine world. But zinfandel is extraordinary; maybe it won’t be killed in duel, it should be granted it’s delicious due.
The Federalist Zinfandel 2008 is an amazing example of what zinfandel can be. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, plums and figs with pepper. Oftentimes zinfandels don’t have structure, but this is the complete package with firm backbone of oak with earth and mineral notes.
The perfect pairing is red meat. It’s fantastic with burgers or steak, but can hold up to spice so we suggest Barbacoa (Chile-Rubbed Smoked Lamb) to match. The music match is “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen from the album of the same name.
The details: 14.2% alcohol. Cork closure. Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, California. Varietal: zinfandel 83%, alicante bouchet 13%, carignan 4%. The actual retail runs $18-25 USD. The wines is produced by 2Sons Winery and distributed by Terlato Wines. This was a media sample generously provided by Terlato.