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Zd Wines Chardonnay California 2005

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Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2007Gold Medal - International Eastern Wine Competition 2007Gold Medal - Taster's Guild International Wine Judging 2007ZDs 2005 Chardonnay shines with traditional ZD Style. Our pursuit of richness and balance is achieved through careful selection of quality vineyards from Californias esteemed cool growing regions including Napa, Monterey and Santa Barbara counties. A unique winemaking approach of cold barrel fermentation in toasted American oak barrels gives this wine a deep opulence with aromas of fresh tropical fruit and a hint of vanilla and coconut. No malo-lactic fermentation results in a preservation of crisp acidity that gives the wine a clean finish in addition to a lingering aftertaste. Drink this wine now to enjoy the fruit forward characters or allow some bottle aging to develop an impressive depth and complexity. Our suggestion is to buy at least a case, and experience the wine over time to determine your personal optimum aging regime! Enjoy!-Robert deLeuze, Winemaster & CEO

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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

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Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2007Gold Medal - International Eastern Wine Competition 2007Gold Medal - Taster's Guild International Wine Judging 2007ZDs 2005 Chardonnay shines with traditional ZD Style. Our pursuit of richness and balance is achieved through careful selection of quality vineyards from Californias esteemed cool growing regions including Napa, Monterey and Santa Barbara counties. A unique winemaking approach of cold barrel fermentation in toasted American oak barrels gives this wine a deep opulence with aromas of fresh tropical fruit and a hint of vanilla and coconut. No malo-lactic fermentation results in a preservation of crisp acidity that gives the wine a clean finish in addition to a lingering aftertaste. Drink this wine now to enjoy the fruit forward characters or allow some bottle aging to develop an impressive depth and complexity. Our suggestion is to buy at least a case, and experience the wine over time to determine your personal optimum aging regime! Enjoy!-Robert deLeuze, Winemaster & CEO

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