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Zd Wines Pinot Noir Carneros 2012

External Review by We Speak Wine:

Once again, the organically farmed grapes from Jim Haires vineyard in the renowned Carneros appellation provided us with an excellent opportunity to highlight what Carneros Pinot Noir has to offer in what is being heralded as a classic vintage from start to finish. The vineyard is planted to several clones including two of the newer Dijon clones (667 & 777) and the older but well respected Pommard 4 and 115 clones, and has been organically certified since 2006.The fruit was hand harvested and fermented in small open top stainless steel tanks. Hand punchdowns every six hours during the fermentation ensured a gentle extraction of color and tannin and ten months aging in 100% French oak barrels has given us a truly delicious wine with excellent depth and complexity. A medium ruby color and aromas of briary strawberry and raspberry preserves with subtle hints of vanilla give way to a lush, silky palate with more bright fruit, rhubarb, and cedar notes. This wine also has a wonderful balance of acidity and tannin that should allow for great aging potential in the years to come. Enjoy! - Chris Pisani, Winemaker

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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

External Reviews for Zd Wines Pinot Noir Carneros

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/04/2014

Once again, the organically farmed grapes from Jim Haires vineyard in the renowned Carneros appellation provided us with an excellent opportunity to highlight what Carneros Pinot Noir has to offer in what is being heralded as a classic vintage from start to finish. The vineyard is planted to several clones including two of the newer Dijon clones (667 & 777) and the older but well respected Pommard 4 and 115 clones, and has been organically certified since 2006.The fruit was hand harvested and fermented in small open top stainless steel tanks. Hand punchdowns every six hours during the fermentation ensured a gentle extraction of color and tannin and ten months aging in 100% French oak barrels has given us a truly delicious wine with excellent depth and complexity. A medium ruby color and aromas of briary strawberry and raspberry preserves with subtle hints of vanilla give way to a lush, silky palate with more bright fruit, rhubarb, and cedar notes. This wine also has a wonderful balance of acidity and tannin that should allow for great aging potential in the years to come. Enjoy! - Chris Pisani, Winemaker



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