Green & Red Vineyard 2017 Estate Zinfandel, Tip Top Vineyard, Napa Valley
Item Number: 17837
Sub Region: Napa Valley
Appellation/AVA: Chiles Valley
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Tip Top Vineyard
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 15.1
Soil Type: Red Chert veined with Green Serpentine intermixed with Sobrante loam
Elevation: 1,700-2,000 feet
Vine Age: The Tip Top Vineyard was planted to steep terraces planted between 1996-1999.
Tasting Notes: This Zinfandel has a complex nose of black cherry, strawberry, dried red fruit, and toasted almonds with dusty, earthy undertones. Silky tannins and balanced acidity tempers the power in this wine and maintains a refreshed finish.
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. The Tip Top Zinfandel aged 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.