Green & Red Vineyard 2017 Estate Syrah, Tip Top Vineyard, Napa Valley
Item Number: 17838
Sub Region: Napa Valley
Appellation/AVA: Chiles Valley
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Tip Top Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Syrah
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.8
Total Acidity: 5.74 g/L
Soil Type: Red Chert veined with green Serpentine intermixed with Sobrante Loam
Elevation: 1,700-2,000 feet
Case Production: 380
Vineyard Notes: Tip Top Vineyard is located at 1,700-2,000 feet in elevation, with northern and eastern exposures. The vines were planted in steep terraces between 1996-1999.
Tasting Notes: Dark magenta, blueberry, blackberry and plum notes are accentuated by black pepper, clove, and violet. This 100% Syrah is full-bodied with chewy mountain tannins and a long, spicy 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. Tip Top Vineyard Syrah 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.