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Zd Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 2006

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Who says you cant find an intense, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon that is also balanced, drinkable and nuanced? This 2006 ZD Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has it all. The grapes were sourced from several small Napa Valley vineyards, each with its own unique terroir, giving us a varied palette of flavors and textures to work with when blending this wine. Each vineyard lot was hand harvested and fermented separately. Hand punchdowns in our small fermentors gives us a gentle extraction without aggressive tannins. Aged in our cellar for two years in American oak barrels, this wine is drinking beautifully now and will age gracefully for many years to come. Aromas of ripe dark plums, cassis and black cherries are complimented with subtle hints of cocoa, anise, tobacco and sweet, toasty vanilla. On the palate, lush, silky tannins envelop a solid core of ripe, forward black fruit, with perfectly integrated oak. Enjoy!

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ZD Wines:
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

Member Reviews for Zd Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
3.50 5
10/08/2009

I got the foamy sputtering end of this wine from the enomatic, but the bit of wine I tasted, was a nicely crafted cab. I recommend it. - Tasted at Hostile Grape 10/8/09


Snooth User: jjknight38
40356689
4.50 5
10/06/2009

Full bodied wine that might get a bad rap because it's so drinkable. Cherry flavored tobacco, like grandpa smoking his pipe. Good acidity and balance. It hits the target as a high quality California Cabernet.

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  • Snooth User: Joe102
    29418749
    4.00 5
    11/06/2009

    very good


    Snooth User: Kevin Holloway
    34362612
    5.00 5
    03/19/2010

    Delicious wine, very drinkable. I highly recommend it.


    Snooth User: AmyHut
    37536426
    5.00 5
    02/05/2010

    Five glasses



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    Who says you cant find an intense, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon that is also balanced, drinkable and nuanced? This 2006 ZD Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has it all. The grapes were sourced from several small Napa Valley vineyards, each with its own unique terroir, giving us a varied palette of flavors and textures to work with when blending this wine. Each vineyard lot was hand harvested and fermented separately. Hand punchdowns in our small fermentors gives us a gentle extraction without aggressive tannins. Aged in our cellar for two years in American oak barrels, this wine is drinking beautifully now and will age gracefully for many years to come. Aromas of ripe dark plums, cassis and black cherries are complimented with subtle hints of cocoa, anise, tobacco and sweet, toasty vanilla. On the palate, lush, silky tannins envelop a solid core of ripe, forward black fruit, with perfectly integrated oak. Enjoy!

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