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