Wine & Spirits 94
"Jay Heminway got his start in Bordeaux as a college student in the 1960s, working a summer with Alexis Lichine. He founded Green & Red in the eastern hills of Napa Valley in the 1970s, focused on zinfandel. This wine grows at the highest vineyard on the estate, topping out at 1,800 feet, where he planted a northeast-facing slope in the late 1990s. It’s a fruit-driven zin, the freshness and sunny aspects pointed up by his team’s work at the new sorting table installed in 2013. All that fruit seems to glow from within, surrounded by scents of bay and wild mushrooms. It tastes of plums and strawberries, while tannins grip the fruit with a fine earthen rasp, adding complex notes of cracked green peppercorn and black olive skin. This is a glorious Napa Valley wine, delicious to drink right now and one to brighten holiday meals in the years to come. (720 cases)"
This vintage expresses our uppermost mountain vineyard grown at 1700 ft above the Pacific. Dark cherry and raspberry aromas spiced with bay laurel and the surrounding chaparral.
Tip Top Vineyard
Acres: 15 – Zinfandel, Syrah and Petite Sirah
Exposure: North East
Soil Type: Sobrante, Chert, Greenstone Gravel
Trellis: Vertical cordon and head trained
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Pam and Jay Heminway named Green & Red Vineyard for its red iron soils veined with green serpentine. The vineyard is located in the steep hills on the east side of Napa Valley. Planting was started in 1972 on ground originally under vine in the 1890s. The vineyards are a small percentage of the 200-acre property, which ranges in elevation from 900 to 2,000 feet, and each vineyard is at different elevations with different exposures. Green & Red directs its farming practices to emphasize the particularity of the grapes from this many faceted piece of earth. Each vineyard receives different amounts of water determined by soil texture, depth and exposure encouraging root depth through varying soil strata. A no till native cover crop is mowed minimizing erosion. The vines are cropped to 3 tons to the acre. Selective leaf pulling and cluster thinning focus intensity in the fruit.
Farming Practice:Practicing Organic