In the wake of what has been a tumultuous, divisive and surprising election campaign for the 45th president of the United States, I wanted to shout about our new American wines. If the election result had been different I could have drawn parallels between Hilary and the first lady, Josephine Tychson of Freemark Abbey, who cultivated her land and became the first female winemaker in the Napa Valley. Instead I can segue nicely into telling you about the extension of our Federalist wines range. The wines pay homage to America’s Founding Fathers, bold men of principle whose pioneering spirit helped shape America. I’m not sure they will be extending the range further in light of the results.
To introduce you to Freemark Abbey’s wines it is important to reference their impressive history. Founded in 1886 it really came into its own from 1967 under the new ownership of seven savvy buyers. Furthermore Freemark Abbey was one of 12 U.S wineries chosen to compete in the ‘Judgement of Paris’ blind tasting which pitted classic French wines against their counterparts across the pond. They were chosen because of their elegant signature style of Cabernet and Chardonnay. With that in mind I urge you to try the Chardonnay, which is a blend from 4 top Napa sites and has gentle French oak influences, resulting in a wine which has subtle orchard and tropical fruits, interlaced with delicate toast and spice. You then have 3 Cabernet Sauvignons to choose from starting with the multi-vineyard Cabernet up to the 2 single vineyard options of Sycamore and Bosché. The first two are a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, the latter a blend of Cabernet and Merlot. Sycamore is slightly more feminine and linear and Bosché more masculine and more voluptuous, both are delicious. Then you can move on to the impressive Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot.
As a change of pace from these more elegant wines we have the Federalist wines which are bold, fruity and intense. For those who are familiar with the range, you will not be disappointed with the additions, for those of you who are unfamiliar, you are in for a treat. We now have a silky Chardonnay, rich in lemon curd and pear with gently cardamom spice and a creamy finish. For the Reds we have the ‘George Washington’ Zinfandel which is insanely rich, unctuous and moreish. We then have the Cabernet which is brooding with dark fruits and spice. Last but not least, the ‘Honest Red Blend’ where Merlot, Zinfandel and Cabernet harmonise in this deliciously spicy, plum number. We hope this will mirror Trump’s impending approach to his presidency: through honesty and a blending and uniting of all factions of American society, into a brighter sum of all its parts.
I hope I have focussed on one of the many things that is already great about America- its superb wines! However you are feeling about the result, you can at least reach for a glass of something stunning!