2008 Green & Red "Chiles Canyon Vineyard" Napa Valley Zinfandel

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A blend from three mountain vineyards, which overlook Chiles Canyon. Dark cherry raspberry with tinges of sage and clove make for a classic, subtle Zin, which eschews the fruit/alcohol bomb in favor of a more food-friendly balanced style. Ideal with eggplant parmigiano! 90 points and a Best Buy, Wine & Spirits: "From Jay Heminway's high-elevation vineyard in Chiles Valley, this Zin has a classical structure and clarity to its plum-skin fruitiness. it's cool, clean and satisfying, with scents of cedar and a little heat in the end. An wasy companion for a range of foods, including roast eggplant stuffed with pork or wild mushroom lasagna." (02/11) 89 points Wine Spectator: "Plush and ripe, offering bold aromas of black cherry and toasty oak, with succulent, almost sweet flavors of cassis, sage and black pepper. Drink now through 2014." (11/10)

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2010 | Send Email
A new vintage of a hit wine from last year is the 2008 Green & Red “Chiles Canyon Vineyard” Napa Valley Zinfandel. Year after year Green & Red produce some of the best Zinfandels coming out of Napa. Maybe it is their unusual soil type, maybe it is their hillside vineyards or it could possibly be that they just don’t get too manipulative with their superb fruit, whatever it is it keeps working for us here at K&L. Asian spices and cola combine on the fruity yet well in check nose. The soft, pliable and dry palate is packed with fresh blackberry, cardamom, and ripe red currants. Add some typical Zin brambles and you have one heck of a bottle of wine for $20.

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

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- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.8