Tasting Panel 90
Black cherry color; ripe and succulent with over-the-top flavors of sweet plum and cherry; thick and intense with a smooth texture, good acid structure, and a long finish. 50 Petite Sirah, 50 Cabernet Sauvignon.-TP
Wine Enthusiast 89
Smashed blackberry, licorice and black plum show very strongly on the ripe nose of this blend of 50 Petite Sirah and 50 Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate hits with the tang of blackberry and crumbled herbs, with hints of a black-rock minerality. The label is stunning, if you like guns.-WE
To create a blend with 50 Petite Sirah is very unique since it is a varietal with one of the smallest planted acres worldwide, and because its tannic structure is so intense. In our blend, the Cabernet Sauvignon actually tames the tannins of the Petite Sirah to bring the blend into balance. The ageing does the rest to develop the wine into a rich, silky masterpiece.
Inky purple with scarlet highlights, this wine offers thought-provoking dark fruit aromas balanced with floral and spicy notes. On the palate, it is jammy at first, with a dense midpalate wrapped around a core of soft tannins. The finish is long and lingering.
Our Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah are harvested from the same vineyard, 700 feet above sea level and situated just north of the Templeton Gap between high hills to the West and the city of Paso Robles to the East. The loamy soil vineyard benefits from the warm climate, low rainfall, and fog that travels up the valley in the evenings, cooling down the grapes. Our Paso Cab is big, opulent and richly textured. Our Petite Sirah is inky, bold and jammy with deep tannins.-Winemaker Notes
Who are these two men? Why are they dueling? What is at stake? Who are the onlookers in the background? And most importantly who will live? We follow Eli and Edwards journey from the Midwest to California with the hopes of finding love and prosperity.
Eli loved Cora with all his being; but sometimes a happy ending just isnt in the cards. Politics, family tensions, and cold blooded murder came between them and their love. Eli traveled to the ends of the earth to find Cora again, but when he arrived, he realized everything had changed. His future and his family all came down to one moment at dawn when he raised a pistol.
Being wealthy in the 1830s had its drawbacks. The pressure for a good profession and starting a family was enough to lead a man to the brink of insanity. When Edward couldnt take it any longer, he left and headed west in search of his calling. Neither the journey nor the arrival went as expected. He never thought he would raise his pistol that morning.
No duel is complete without the spectators and everyone has a story to tell. The town physician stood ready, but willing to save neither shooter. The town drunk was there, standing right in the middle, but even he wasnt about to get between these dueling pistols.-Winery Notes
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To honor our Founding Fathers and their love of wine, we created a collection of varietals as big and bold as the men themselves. Thus, The Federalist was born. We began with our flagship Visionary Zinfandel featuring the man who pioneered The Federalist Party, Alexander Hamilton. We then expanded with our Dueling Pistols Red Blend, our Sonoma Chardonnay, and two wines from the historic Lodi region featuring George Washington (Zinfandel) and Ben Franklin (Cabernet Sauvignon).
We invite you to explore our collection of exceptionally bold wines and discover what it means to taste A Wine With Principle.