Wine Spectator 87 points - A solid Zinfandel for the vintage, offering tart cherry and herb aromas, followed by balanced flavors of raspberry, charred tobacco and spice. Drink now through 2018. 8,000 cases made.
(Jun 15 2014)
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Wine maker notes
Our Dry Creek Federalist Zinfandel is hand-crafted to bring out the true individuality of the Zinfandel grape. The Dry Creek Valley has unique characteristics that make it especially well-suited for cultivation of this hearty, decidedly American grape. The valley receives pronounced afternoon heat, but our vines are also cooled by the night air that creeps up the Russian River Valley from the waters of the Pacific Ocean, producing evening and early morning fog. Our vineyard enjoys the luxury of extended “hang time,” which produces more mature fruit, and results in rich, full-bodied flavor characteristics. 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.
Hearty fare such as roast meats including prime rib and lamb; complements anything with smoky flavors from the grill such as ribs.
When Anthony Terlato and his sons Bill and John became winery owners and vintners, they started with one goal in mind: pursuit of excellence. The concept was to produce wines that were consistent in quality and as important as those the Terlato family imported and marketed during the last half century. The bar was already set high, because they are associated with the best.