Green & Red Vineyards Tip Top Vineyard Zinfandel 2012

$28

This great under the radar Red Zinfandel from Napa Valley is a beauty. Highly recommended. Green & Red Vineyard, named for its red iron soils veined with green serpentine, is located in the steep hills on the east side of Napa Valley. The planting was started in 1972 on ground originally in vineyards in the 1890's. The vineyards are a small percentage of the 200-acre property, which ranges in elevation from 900 to 2,000 feet.The Tip Top Vineyard is located at 1700 ft in elevation and faces northeast.  The soils are red and rocky. Red raspberry/currant/blackberry/laurel lead to a lively finish laced with ground black pepper. Brix26 Inside Scoop:  Green & Red Zinfandel has been on the wine list at Berkeley's famous Chez Panisse Restaurant since the inaugural vintage.

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Ratings on Delectable

Lara Dunphy Guest Delectable Pro

Director Sales & Marketing Black Cordon Vineyards, Sixteen by Twenty Wines

One of my favorite classic zin producers for many years now. Cherry, raspberry, good spice. No gimmicks, no smoke and mirrors, nothing trendy - just good, clean winemaking. Good price/quality ratio, too.

One of my favorite classic zin producers for many years now. Cherry, raspberry, good spice. No gimmicks, no smoke and mirrors, nothing trendy - just good, clean winemaking. Good price/quality ratio, too.

9.3

A-M

Apples. No. Violets. No. Epsom salts.

Apples. No. Violets. No. Epsom salts.

7.6

Beau Whetstone

Big a fruity! Not as complex as previous vintages, but still a nice bottle for the price. Cherry and spice.....

Big a fruity! Not as complex as previous vintages, but still a nice bottle for the price. Cherry and spice.....

8.5

Roxanne Hoffmann

Solid Zinfandel. I think I prefer the chiles mill vineyard but still excellent balance of spice & fruit.

Solid Zinfandel. I think I prefer the chiles mill vineyard but still excellent balance of spice & fruit.

8.8

Gloria Mercado-Martin

Strawberry vanilla, very soft. I want more

Strawberry vanilla, very soft. I want more

Chris Miller

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