Green & Red Vineyard 2019 'Chiles Canyon Vineyards' Estate Zinfandel, Napa Valley
Item Number: 17835
Sub Region: Napa Valley
Appellation/AVA: Chiles Valley
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 15.1
Total Acidity: 5.50 g/L
Soil Type: Red Chert veined with green Serpentine intermixed with Sobrante loam
Elevation: 900-2,000 feet
Case Production: 1,500
Vineyard Notes: This Zinfandel is produced from Green & Red's three mountain vineyards: Chiles Mill, Tip Top, and Catacula. The vineyards are located at different elevations and different exposures.
- Chiles Mill Vineyard, 900-1,200 feet elevation, 6.93 acres first planted in 1972
- Catacula Vineyard, 1,200-1,400 feet elevation, 9.59 acres planted 1993-1999
- Tip Top Vineyard, 1,700-2,000 feet elevation, 15.21 acres planted 1999
Winemaking Notes: The grapes were destemmed onto a shaker table and berry sorted into open top fermentors. A 3-day cold soak was followed by an approximately 10-day fermentation. The Chiles Canyon Vineyards Zinfandel aged for 14 months in 70% American oak and 30% French oak barrels, 20% of which was new.
About the Label: Green & Red labels depict “The Dionysus Cup,” an ancient Grecian cup crafted by Exekias in 530 BC, which depicts Homer’s “Hymn to Dionysus.” Homer tells the story of pirates, cruising along the Aegean, who spot a strapping man and decide to take him hostage. The Helmsman warns them off, but the captain heads out to sea with their captive: Dionysus, the god of wine. Soon "wine sprang forth, babbling, bubbling over the speedy black ship: it was sweet, it was fragrant, the odor was divine.” The sea turned wine red and vines grew up the mast. Dionysius turns into a lion and attacks the captain; the other pirates dive over the edge, where they are turned into dolphins.