At the “Tip Top” of Green & Red’s property is “Tip Top Vineyard.” Hillside, northeast facing, gravelly/rocky, 1700 feet elevation. All this points to wines of character & complexity. Full flavored for sure, but “Tip Top” wines set themselves apart by structure, complexity and savory complexity. 2014 Tip Top Zin, for example…smell and taste briar patch (red berries), red currants, wild cherry, herbs de Provence, lavender and wood fire-grilled marbled beef. Medium-full bodied, quite spicy (peppercorns and red curry), fine tannins, multi-layered for Napa Valley Zin. An excellent buy for a somewhat “serious” Napa Valley hillside red.
Jay Heminway purchased the property that would become “Chiles Mill Vineyard” and his home in 1970 and started planting vines in 1972. 1977 was his first vintage. Jay and wife Pam “grew up” with the Chez Panisse-led California Cuisine movement, which includes supplying Chez Panisse with their “house red” for decades. The Green & Red story is an important chapter in the California food movement of the 20th century. I am fortunate to know, drink, enjoy and understand Green & Red over the past 25 years.
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