2013 Green & Red "Tip Top Vineyard" Napa Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1262998 94 points Wine & Spirits

 Jay Heminway got his start in Bordeaux as a college student in the 1960s, working a summer with Alexis Lichine. He founded Green & Red in the eastern hills of Napa Valley in the 1970s, focused on zinfandel. This wine grows at the highest vineyard on the estate, topping out at 1,800 feet, where he planted a northeast-facing slope in the late 1990s. It’s a fruit-driven zin, the freshness and sunny aspects pointed up by his team’s work at the new sorting table installed in 2013. All that fruit seems to glow from within, surrounded by scents of bay and wild mushrooms. It tastes of plums and strawberries, while tannins grip the fruit with a fine earthen rasp, adding complex notes of cracked green peppercorn and black olive skin. This is a glorious Napa Valley wine, delicious to drink right now and one to brighten holiday meals in the years to come. (720 cases)  (2/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Zesty and well-focused, with aromas of cherry and dill leading to balanced flavors of raspberry, anise and mineral that linger toward dry tannins. Drink now through 2022. 720 cases made.  (6/2016)

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By: Brian Allie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/20/2016 | Send Email
We visited Green and Red during our K&L trip to Napa in May and it was outstanding and memorable. Driving up the mountain to the vineyard, we were treated to spectacular views, and the fruit for this "Tip Top" Zinfandel comes from their very highest plantings, at 1,700 feet. This Zinfandel is spicy and earthy, while retaining intriguing and elegant flavors of ripe cherries and fresh raspberries. Well balanced with great acidity. Highly recommended!

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/20/2016 | Send Email
Beautiful, bright, and easy drinking Zinfandel, the Tip Top vineyard is just about always my favorite Zin from Green & Red. It has power and concentration, but without every feeling heavy, sugary, or oaky. It's just made from extraordinary fruit from an amazing vineyard site and treated deftly in the cellar. Bramble fruits, cracked peppercorn, baking spices, and the earthiness of woody herbs all lifted by excellent acidity give this wine beautiful balance and poise. Truly a top value in Zinfandel from anywhere in the world.
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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2016 | Send Email
Serious Zinfandel, the 2013 Green & Red Tip Top shows all the spicy, brambly berry and dark cherry fruit I like in Zinfandel, with the added tannin structure and brighter acidity provided by mature vines on a higher elevation site. In other words, this is spectacular and likely to be my favorite Zinfandel of the year. Great stuff from a legendary Zin producer.

By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2016 | Send Email
If there's ever a wine that deserves to be called Tip Top, it's this Zin. Even on the precarious drive up to the serene winery, you feel as though you're teetering on the edge and at any moment you could fall off the side of the mountain. The vineyard itself sits between 1400-1800 feet above sea level terraced into the summit of the mountain. I guess it's only natural that the most impressive vineyard produces the most intriguing wine. Assuming it's because of the high elevation, stressed vines, this Napa zin is concentrated and structured with savory spice, pink peppercorn and bramble, along with black cherry and plum defining the palate. Drink today or put away, this Zin is sure to delight!

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2016 | Send Email
This is the Green and Red Zin with the most intrigue, the most spice, the most texture and structure. Great old school Napa Zin. A mixture of dark berries and lifted red fruits, the play out with wild herbs and pepper spice on a long finish.

By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/2/2016 | Send Email
From high upon their picturesque vineyards in Chiles Valley, Jay and Pam Heminway and their team have made excellent Zinfandel for decades. Somehow, our entire team had never been to their estate, and we were all completely happy to finally see this very rustic and honest operation. The Tip Top Vineyard is exactly what it sounds like—their highest elevation vines, ranging from 1,400 to 1,800 feet above sea level. Concentrated but without sugar intensity, heavily spiced but without noticeable oak, this wine was a revelation in Zinfandel, and for a completely reasonable price. Black pepper, Asian spice, dusty blackberries and a layered and open nature make this dark-toned wine something to please just about any Zin fan.

By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/29/2016 | Send Email
Napa fruit, from a high elevation. single vineyard, if those words were associated with a Cabernet, this would be triple the price tag. That makes this amazing Green and Red Zinfandel one of the best values to be found from California’s priciest growing region. This wine is old school Zinfandel at its best, densely fruited, opulent and structured without being overwrought, we are in love with this bottle for $24.99. Dense and brooding, filled with opaque fruit notes of black plum, licorice and rustic cherry notes. The power of this wine is felt in the mid palate and finish, savory notes of fresh forest floor intermingle with boysenberry and cedar, wrapped in tannins that are grippy, needed to stand up to the body of the wine. Zins made in this style give you a hedonistic pleasure in the immediate term, pair with anything you want to put on the grill, and will also stand to gain from 5+ years in the cellar.

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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 (%): 14.9