2012 Green & Red "Tip Top Vineyard" Napa Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1169650 91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Positively brimming with Zinfandel "berries", but far more than a simple exercise in affable fruitiness, this deep and very well-balanced bottling exhibits great composure and real richness at once. It is optimally ripened and yet has a certain unexpected sense of brightness and buoyancy despite being full-bodied and sturdy, and its fruity stamina is striking. We like it right now, but there is no question that it has very good places to go for those who are willing to wait, and we foresee it improving for at least a half-dozen years.  (5/2014)

Wine Spectator

 Aromas of boysenberry and herb lead to dense flavors of red plum, dill and cedar. Drink now through 2020. 880 cases made. (Web Only - 2015)

K&L Notes

Green & Red's reputation is still seadily growing as a producer of fine, terroir-driven Zinfandel. The northeast-facing, 15 acre Tip Top Vineyard sits at an elevation of 1400-1800 feet. Its elevation, exposure, and high-draining gravelly soils make great conditions for growing concentrated, spicy Zin with lots of briary mountain character and naturally fresh acidity. The wine was aged in a combination of American and French oak (20% new) for 14 months before bottling. The profile is nuanced and complete with exellent purity, as the winery describes: "Dark cherry and raspberry aromas spiced with bay laurel and the surrounding chaparral."

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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.

United States

- 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.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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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 (%): 14.9