The Federalist Visionary Zinfandel 2014

The Federalist Visionary Zinfandel 2014

Handcrafted parcels of Zinfandel from the optimum growing region of Dry Creek Valley vineyards, help produce this lovely wine that has a robust berry fruit character and a lively acidity that allows it to partner superbly with a wide variety of foods. 
A hugely impressive wine made from handcrafted parcels of Zinfandel picked in the optimum growing region of the Dry Creek Valley in California. This hugely-acclaimed, big bruiser of a wine has a robust berry fruit character, lively acidity and a hearty alcoholic kick that allows it to partner superbly with a wide variety of foods, particularly chargrilled meat. Very much a critical darling, the beautiful wine label features the leader and most famous Federalist in American history, Alexander Hamilton.
United States
Dry Creek Valley
Drink now + 6 years

International Wine and Spirit Competition 2014

Gold: Best Zinfandel (2010)

Sommelier Wine Awards 2014

Gold Medal (2011 Vintage)

The Wine Merchant Top 50 Awards 2013

Wine Merchant Top 50 (2010 Vintage)

Olly Smith

"Lush waves of richness and a little nail varnish - lovely nose. Great lumps of jumping fruit and a bit of an alcoholic kick. An impressive wine." (One of the judges at Wine Merchant Top 50 Awards, 2013)

California region of United States

The fruits of California’s wine industry are vast. There’s quite a responsibility on California’s wine shoulders for it produces a good 90% of its country’s entire wine volume, even though wine is made in every single one of the USA’s 50 states.
We are starting to see a change in the Californian wine scene over here. California has historically, and wrongly, had a reputation for producing wines at opposite ends of the price spectrum, when in truth it has always made wines at all price levels. However, because demand was so high back on home turf we never saw any of the mid-priced wine here, but this is all starting to change.

Changing too, is the increasing use of different clones of grape varieties, in an attempt to make the most from its hugely varied climate. We say hugely varied, because it’s easy to think of California as one big, hot and dry land mass. In reality, it is only what is known as the Central Valley which endures such climatic extremes, if only because is too far inland to benefit from any effect of the cooling fog for which the county is almost famous.

This fog is critical in determining much of California’s wine styles, as it cools regions like Carneros to such a degree that Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from this region can be as cool and crisp as any other region in the world.

Perhaps most famously though, is the AVA of Napa, where Cabernet Sauvignon reigns supreme and which has a particularly fine reputation for class and concentration.

California is split into approximately 100 AVAs, American Viticultural Areas, which some producers value as a geographical mapping and others pay little attention to at all!


A red varietal that is planted across California, under its Italian name (Primitivo) it is grown throughout the region of Puglia, the “heel” of Southern Italy.
This grape produces a big, robust red wine that has lots of natural sweetness which can give it very high levels of alcohol, up to 15%.  It is also used in California to make a semi-sweet rosé more popularly known as White Zinfandel.
As a red wine it tastes of red and black berry fruits – raspberry and black berry – it is a dense, rich wine that has good levels of acidity which means it is not too heavy as long as the levels of alcohol are managed well.

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Salads & Vegetables
A good tapas-style dish of chorizo and spicy sausages would work well here, and grilled chicken or beef salad would also be a winner.
Fish & Seafood 
This wine is generally too heavy for fish and seafood.
Pasta & Other Sauces
Best suited to cream based sauces like a good white or cheese sauce found in dishes such as lasagne and carbonara.
Best suited to rich flavoursome meats such as duck, goose and venison but would also work well with a roasted or grilled joint of beef or lamb.
Herbs & Spices
Best matched to black pepper, chives, cloves and coriander - big flavours! We would also recommend using sage, but very much in moderation.
Spicy Foods 
A great wine to have with anything with a kick to it, such as Mexican and Indian cuisine - it can handle the lot.
Delicious with creamy blue cheeses and mature Cheddar, it also works a treat with Parmesan! 
"Lush waves of richness and a little nail varnish - lovely nose. Great lumps of jumping fruit and a bit of an alcoholic kick. An impressive wine." Olly Smith.
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