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)
Zesty and well-focused, with aromas of cherry and dill leading to balanced flavors of raspberry, anise and mineral that linger toward dry tannins. Drink now through 2022. 720 cases made.
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