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Zd Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2002

Winemaker's Notes:

This 2002 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent follow-up to the fabulous 2001 vintage. Following ZDs signature style, each vineyard lot was hand harvested and fermented separately in small open top fermentors. Hand- punching gives us just the right amount of extraction, without the aggressive tannins. Aged in our cellars for two years in American oak from five different cooperages, and bottled in July 2004, this wine is a blockbuster! Dark and dense, this wine is packed with complex aromas of cassis, plum, tobacco and spice, with plenty of toasty vanilla, and just a slight floral note. On the palate, the ripe black fruit, toasty oak and big yet supple tannins integrate beautifully into a long, memorable finish. You can expect this wine to age gracefully for many years to come.~ Chris Pisani, WinemakerGold Medal "Best of Class" Pacific Rim International Wine Competition 2005

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Producing world-class wines was the vision of two former aerospace engineers who in pursuit of their dream launched ZD Wines. The plan was to produce wines similar to those from the renowned Burgundy region of France using the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay winegrape varieties. In 1968, Norman deLeuze and Gino Zepponi pooled their resources of $3,000 apiece and applied for a winery permit. At that t... Read more
Producing world-class wines was the vision of two former aerospace engineers who in pursuit of their dream launched ZD Wines. The plan was to produce wines similar to those from the renowned Burgundy region of France using the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay winegrape varieties. In 1968, Norman deLeuze and Gino Zepponi pooled their resources of $3,000 apiece and applied for a winery permit. At that time, there had not been a winery permit issued in Sonoma County for nearly 20 years. The permit was issued in 1969. Norman and Gino rented a small farm building in the Carneros region of Sonoma County. They purchased winegrapes, some 50-gallon oak barrels and a redwood vat. Three hundred cases of Pinot Noir and a small amount of White Riesling represented ZD's first commercial vintage in 1969. The grapes were purchased from the Winery Lake Vineyard, which had been planted a few years earlier by René di Rosa. ZD's 1969 Pinot Noir carries the historical significance of being the first wine to have a Carneros designation on the label. It states, "Made in Sonoma from grapes grown in the Carneros region of Napa." The Chardonnay winegrapes from Winery Lake Vineyard were not in production until 1971, which is the first vintage of ZD Chardonnay. Read less

This 2002 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent follow-up to the fabulous 2001 vintage. Following ZDs signature style, each vineyard lot was hand harvested and fermented separately in small open top fermentors. Hand- punching gives us just the right amount of extraction, without the aggressive tannins. Aged in our cellars for two years in American oak from five different cooperages, and bottled in July 2004, this wine is a blockbuster! Dark and dense, this wine is packed with complex aromas of cassis, plum, tobacco and spice, with plenty of toasty vanilla, and just a slight floral note. On the palate, the ripe black fruit, toasty oak and big yet supple tannins integrate beautifully into a long, memorable finish. You can expect this wine to age gracefully for many years to come.~ Chris Pisani, WinemakerGold Medal "Best of Class" Pacific Rim International Wine Competition 2005

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