Don’t you love when your friends gift you with a good bottle of wine. My first experience of “The Federalist Zinfandel, 2014” was gifted during the Washington, DC area 2016 Blizzard.
Before I describe the wine, l first have to give applause to Tobaccology for being the Number One Cigar Shop and Lounge in Northern Virginia!!! (clapping hands).
From the first time my husband (fiancé at the time) and I entered the shop, we were greeted with warmth and we knew instantly that we found our “home shop”. The owners, Brett and Bubba support and generosity are beyond AMAZING!
On the aftermath of the blizzard, the infamous Tobaccology truck pulls up in front of the house, stepping out is the owner, Brett and girlfriend, Jesse asking if we needed assistance. We are stunned with surprise! 🙂
They are driving around checking on friends, clearing neighborhood fire hydrants and offering assistance with shoveling. TOP-CLASS ACT!
In addition, instead of us showing our appreciation, we were gifted with a bottle of The Federalist, a Zinfandel. YAY! 🙂
I enjoyed the wine so much the first time, I had to have it again.
Color and Aromas – Rich color and vibrant smoky, chocolate and prunes aromas.
Taste – The first sip has me perplexed; very complex, well-balanced flavors: hints of raisins, bold prunes with a slight herbal on the finish.
The second, third and fourth sips – I can’t stop sipping. I’m trying to identify the multiples flavors that has my palate doing cartwheels. Firm chalky tannins at the end of every sip, has a short finish. The wine is at proper temperature of 56 degrees… I will allow the wine to breathe a bit longer and see what flavors presents itself.
The fifth sip – the prunes are friggin amazing!” Prunes, cherry, woodsy flavors are emerging.
Time to locate the tasting notes and see what’s behind “The Federalist”; from federalistwines.com:
“The Federalist Zinfandel has robust fruit with bright berry fruit character, and its lively acidity allows it to partner well with a wide variety of foods.
• Bottle Size: 750 ml
• Appellation: Sonoma County
• Sub-Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
• Grape Varieties: Zinfandel; Carignane
• Alcohol Percentage: 14.90%
• Fermentation: Different blocks were
fermented separately to preserve ideal
characteristics of each. Each block spends an
average of 12 days on the skins.
• Aging: The separate blocks were blended post
malolactic fermentation and aged for 16 months
in 20% new oak barrels.”
I’m still sipping and the tannins has soften and I’m now tasting the skins of the grape.
The Federalist, you are one of a kind Zinfandel! Zinlovers this is a must try!
Brett and Jesse thank you, again for the wine!
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