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Zd Wines Chardonnay California 2003

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Gold Medal Hilton Head Wine Festival "Springfest" 2005Gold Medal Monterey Wine Competition 2005Going, Going, Gone!!! Produced from grapes grown in California's coolest climates, from as far north as the Carneros to the Arroyo Seco appellation in Monterey, this 2003 ZD Chardonnay has it all! The grapes were harvested at optimal maturities and barrel fermented in 100% American Oak barrels in our state-of-the-art barrel cellar which is kept at 48°F during fermentation. This slow, cool fermentation lasts upwards of 8-10 weeks and helps to preserve the lush tropical and citrus aromas that can sometimes dissipate during more traditional warmer fermentations. No malo-lactic fermentation ensures a perfect balance of forward fruit and crisp acidity. This wine was aged for 10 months in barrel adding a richness and complexity that rounds out this distinctive chardonnay. In the aroma, ripe pineapple, pear and sweet vanilla are accented with subtle notes of lime and orange blossoms. On the palate, this wine is rich, ripe and intense. Lush pineapple, guava and pear integrate beautifully with the sweet, toasty American oak. The balanced acidity and the lingering tropical fruit leads to a wonderful, long fruity finish. This wine is drinking beautifully now and will continue to develop complexity for some time. Enjoy! Chris Pisani, Winemaker Gold Medal Hilton Head Wine Festival "Springfest" 2005Gold Medal Monterey Wine Competition 2005

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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

Gold Medal Hilton Head Wine Festival "Springfest" 2005Gold Medal Monterey Wine Competition 2005Going, Going, Gone!!! Produced from grapes grown in California's coolest climates, from as far north as the Carneros to the Arroyo Seco appellation in Monterey, this 2003 ZD Chardonnay has it all! The grapes were harvested at optimal maturities and barrel fermented in 100% American Oak barrels in our state-of-the-art barrel cellar which is kept at 48°F during fermentation. This slow, cool fermentation lasts upwards of 8-10 weeks and helps to preserve the lush tropical and citrus aromas that can sometimes dissipate during more traditional warmer fermentations. No malo-lactic fermentation ensures a perfect balance of forward fruit and crisp acidity. This wine was aged for 10 months in barrel adding a richness and complexity that rounds out this distinctive chardonnay. In the aroma, ripe pineapple, pear and sweet vanilla are accented with subtle notes of lime and orange blossoms. On the palate, this wine is rich, ripe and intense. Lush pineapple, guava and pear integrate beautifully with the sweet, toasty American oak. The balanced acidity and the lingering tropical fruit leads to a wonderful, long fruity finish. This wine is drinking beautifully now and will continue to develop complexity for some time. Enjoy! Chris Pisani, Winemaker Gold Medal Hilton Head Wine Festival "Springfest" 2005Gold Medal Monterey Wine Competition 2005

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