Green & Red Vineyard 2017 Estate Zinfandel, Chiles Mill Vineyard, Napa Valley
Item Number: 17836
Sub Region: Napa Valley
Appellation/AVA: Chiles Valley
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Chiles Mill Vineyard
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 15
Total Acidity: 6.22 g/L
Soil Type: Red Chert veined with green Serpentine intermixed with Sobrante loam
Elevation: 900-1,200 feet
Case Production: 937
Vineyard Notes: Situated at 900-1,200 feet elevation, the vineyard overlooks Chiles Canyon and remnant walls of the grist mill built by pioneer Joseph Ballinger Chiles. The vineyard includes heritage Zinfandel cuttings of Pacini, Picchetti, Geyserville, Hambrecht. Rootstocks are 110R and St. George.
Tasting Notes: The wine shows pomegranate and red raspberry with hints of white pepper, tarragon, and bay leaf. Gorgeous tannins resolve to a clean finish with refreshing acidity.
Winemaking Notes: The grapes were destemmed onto a shaker table and berry sorted into open top stainless steel tanks. A 3-day cold soak was followed by an approximately 10-day fermentation. Chiles Mill Vineyard Zinfandel aged for 14 months in 70% American oak and 30% French oak barrels, 20% of which was new oak.
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.