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Zd Wines Pinot Noir Carneros 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2007Produced from a blend of several small lots from two vineyards in the cool Carneros, this Pinot Noir shows our commitment to producing wines of distinct varietal character and balance. The primary clonal selections are Dijon 667 from Jim Haires vineyard and the Swan clone from ZDs own organically certified deLeuze Family Vineyard. The fruit was harvested at optimal maturities and fermented in small open top fermentors. Hand punchdowns every six hours during fermentation ensure a gentle extraction of color and tannin. The wine then rests in 100% French oak barrels for ten months before being bottled in July. This wine is showing classic pinot character right now. Bright, forward black/sour cherry, plum and a hint of rhubarb. Subtle hints of vanilla, clove and spice slowly emerge in the glass. On the palate the wine is bursting with ripe cherries and strawberry, and it soon reveals a smooth, velvety texture with great acid/tannin balance. This wine is drinking great right now but will continue to develop complexity in the years to come. We hope you enjoy it!!!-Chris Pisani, Winemaker

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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 - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2007Produced from a blend of several small lots from two vineyards in the cool Carneros, this Pinot Noir shows our commitment to producing wines of distinct varietal character and balance. The primary clonal selections are Dijon 667 from Jim Haires vineyard and the Swan clone from ZDs own organically certified deLeuze Family Vineyard. The fruit was harvested at optimal maturities and fermented in small open top fermentors. Hand punchdowns every six hours during fermentation ensure a gentle extraction of color and tannin. The wine then rests in 100% French oak barrels for ten months before being bottled in July. This wine is showing classic pinot character right now. Bright, forward black/sour cherry, plum and a hint of rhubarb. Subtle hints of vanilla, clove and spice slowly emerge in the glass. On the palate the wine is bursting with ripe cherries and strawberry, and it soon reveals a smooth, velvety texture with great acid/tannin balance. This wine is drinking great right now but will continue to develop complexity in the years to come. We hope you enjoy it!!!-Chris Pisani, Winemaker

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