ZD Wines

1-800 487 7757 8383 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558
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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 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 Read more »

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  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Zd Chardonnay California 2014


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  • Zd Wines Pinot Noir Napa 2008


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  • One-hundred fifty wine-loving cyclists will participate in this Saturday's ... Cancer program.  ZD Wines will provide drink for the event, while food will come from a variety of well-well known local chefs: Oentori's Tyler Rodde, Morimoto Napa's Sean Massey, Angele Restaurant and Bar's Rogelio Garcia, Quinn Hatfield from Hatfield's Restaurant,... Read More

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  • I ran up to Napa for a few days to get away and taste some wines from places I'd never been (most of them).  I went during BottleRock Napa, but alas, didn't partake in an y of those festivities.  Some great finds, so I have listed/linked any of the wines I rated over 90 points, should anyone have interest, or their own thoughts on the wines. Wit... Read More

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  • Zd Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 2009


    Rich, elegant cassis and kirsch on the nose. Elegant, polished currant aromas. Nice. Lush and richly textured on the palate. Creme de Cassis, Chambord and plum skin. Fleshy on the palate. Extracted style. Big and with juicy acid. Nice.90 pts.5/10/13 at winery Read More

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  • Zd Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010


    Aromas of black currant, licorice, oak and a touch of smoke. Rich extracted flavors of cassis, blackberry and currant. Rich and mouth-coating. Hints of anise, light earth, smoke and some plum. Very black and purple in the fruit profile. Big and bold cab. 88 pts.5/10/13 at winery Read More

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  • Zd Wines Founder's Reserve Pinot Noir Carneros 2011


    Nose of black cherry and dark plum. Big, bold aromas. Flavors on the palate of plum skin, blueberry, marionberry pie and spice. Very bold and dark style Pinot.88 pts.5/10/13 at winery Read More

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  • Zd Wines Pinot Noir Carneros 2011


    Dark nose of plum, blueberry and spice. Rich and lush on the palate with dark purple and blue fruits. Flavors of plum, boysenberry and blueberry. Spice. Nice wine.90 pts.5/10/13 at winery Read More

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  • Zd Wines Reserve Chardonnay Carneros 2011


    Exciting nose of grilled pineapple, baked apple pie and poached pear with a citrus edge. Toasty pie crust and oak flavors lead. Nice flavors of flaky pastry, toasted pineapple, baked apple and pear. Nice. Very tasty and with good balance. 93 pts.5/10/13 at winery Read More

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  • Zd Wines Chardonnay 2011


    Fruit from Napa, Sonoma, Santa Barbara and Monterey. Big aromas of pineapple, guava, lemon and tropical fruits. Crisp acidity with lush tropical fruit. Lemon and citrus flavors on a vibrant profile. Nice.91 pts.5/10/13 at winery Read More

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