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Federalist Dueling Pistols

AG Pick: The Federalist Dueling Pistols 2014

How does a Syrah, Zinfandel, red blend from the West Coast
Taste when you raise it for a toast?

I’ve had the hit musical Hamilton on the brain for months and I couldn’t help but think about the opening number when I was pouring a glass of The Federalist Dueling Pistols.

The name of the wine was inspired by the famous duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. The 2014 vintage is a blend of 50% Syrah and 50% Zinfandel from the Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma.

Federalist Dueling PistolsDueling Pistols is the latest wine from The Federalist, a series of wines that honor America’s Founding Fathers and their ideals.

It’s a great concept for a California red wine blend. Zinfandel, a proudly American grape (and definitely the Hamilton in this duel), faces off with Syrah, a grape that can be on its own or in blends, but is typically blended with Rhone varieties including Grenache and Mourvedre.

The Syrah and Zinfandel grapes for Dueling Pistols were separately fermented. After blending, the wine spent 15 months in 20% new American and Hungarian oak barrels. American oak was used to add sweeter notes, Hungarian to add spice.

Fortunately for us, this duel has a happy outcome – a rich and robust wine that’s enjoyable to drink.

Dark purple in color as you would expect with these two grapes, The Federalist Dueling Pistols has spicy berry and smoky aromas. The taste is bold with flavors of black cherry, ripe plum and blackberry rounded out with black pepper, root beer and a touch of smoked meat. Smooth tannins and good acidity give the wine a supple mouthfeel.

Pair the Federalist Dueling Pistols with roasted chicken or turkey, or red meat. Fittingly, it’s perfect at an all-American barbecue.

The only duel you might find yourself in is fighting over the last sip.

A bottle of The Federalist 2014 Dueling Pistols costs $29.

The Federalist wines are produced by Terlato Wines. Dueling Pistols is not associated with Hamilton: An American Musical.

14.5% alcohol

AG Pick: The Federalist Zinfandel 2011

Are you a Scandal fan and looking for a red wine to sip along with Olivia Pope? Or are you interested in something dark and intense to go along with the schemes on House of Cards? Try a bottle of the 2011 Federalist Zinfandel.

Federalist ZinfandelUniquely American from the grape to the image of Alexander Hamilton on the label, this wine from Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley is a toast to our nation’s heritage. It is made entirely from Zinfandel, a grape that took root not too long after Hamilton and the Founding Fathers worked to establish the United States.

There is no need to be a fixer or a manipulator to enjoy the wine. This Zinfandel is a crowd-pleasing mix of dark berry and spice flavors with a velvety texture. Bold yet refined notes of blackberry, black currant, boysenberry and plum are layered with black pepper and cinnamon. It feels smooth and lively in the mouth, with gentle tannins and good acidity.

The Federalist Zinfandel pairs with a variety of foods including grilled or baked chicken, hamburgers, prime rib and lamb. Or just enjoy a glass with your favorite television show.

$24.99, 14.9% alcohol by volume

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