Zd Wines Chardonnay Napa Valley Reserve 2005

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Best of Class Gold Medal - Pacific Rim International Wine Competition 2007 Gold Medal - Taster's Guild International Wine Competition 2007 Gold Medal - International Eastern Wine Competition 2007 Highly Recommended - California Grapevine 2007 This 100% Napa Valley Chardonnay is a blend from two of our favorite vineyards located in the coolest part of the Napa Valley, one of which is the dry farmed, organically certified deLeuze Family Estate Vineyard in the Carneros. The other vineyard is the Soscol Vineyard which sits just outside of the Carneros appellation, but enjoys the same proximity to the San Pablo Bay which gives us the long, cool growing season that Chardonnay thrives in. The fruit was all hand harvested at optimal maturity and barrel fermented at 46-48°F in our cellar. No malo-lactic fermentation further ensures a perfect balance of forward fruit and crisp, natural acidity. This wine was aged for 15 months in American oak barrels, selected for their delicacy, and bottled in December 2005. In the aroma, pineapple, pear and sweet vanilla mingle with subtle notes of lime, coconut and toast. This wine is full bodied and rich on the palate, with more tropical pineapple and apricot flavors that integrate beautifully with the spicy American oak. The fruit lingers throughout the incredibly long finish. Enjoy!!! Robert deLeuze, Winemaster

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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

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Snooth User: sparklingjenny
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Delicious - butterscotch and coconut. I'm a big fan.



Best of Class Gold Medal - Pacific Rim International Wine Competition 2007 Gold Medal - Taster's Guild International Wine Competition 2007 Gold Medal - International Eastern Wine Competition 2007 Highly Recommended - California Grapevine 2007 This 100% Napa Valley Chardonnay is a blend from two of our favorite vineyards located in the coolest part of the Napa Valley, one of which is the dry farmed, organically certified deLeuze Family Estate Vineyard in the Carneros. The other vineyard is the Soscol Vineyard which sits just outside of the Carneros appellation, but enjoys the same proximity to the San Pablo Bay which gives us the long, cool growing season that Chardonnay thrives in. The fruit was all hand harvested at optimal maturity and barrel fermented at 46-48°F in our cellar. No malo-lactic fermentation further ensures a perfect balance of forward fruit and crisp, natural acidity. This wine was aged for 15 months in American oak barrels, selected for their delicacy, and bottled in December 2005. In the aroma, pineapple, pear and sweet vanilla mingle with subtle notes of lime, coconut and toast. This wine is full bodied and rich on the palate, with more tropical pineapple and apricot flavors that integrate beautifully with the spicy American oak. The fruit lingers throughout the incredibly long finish. Enjoy!!! Robert deLeuze, Winemaster

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