2009 ZD California Chardonnay

SKU #1062913

In addition to ZD's organically farmed Carneros Estate Vineyard, ZD has created a unique character by blending the distinct attributes of the cool growing regions of Napa and Sonoma Carneros, Santa Barbara and Monterey. Harvested at optimal maturity and fermented at cool temperatures in 100% American Oak barrels. This long, cool fermentation highlights ZD’s signature winemaking style, producing rich, balanced, fruit driven chardonnays. No malo-lactic fermentation also ensures that the balance between forward lush fruit and bright, crisp natural acidity is preserved. Aging for ten months in barrel adds yet another layer of richness and complexity. This wine is showing aromas of sweet pineapple, apricot and tart apple with hints of vanilla, pear and honey. Full bodied on the palate, with ripe apricot, pineapple and sweet toasty oak integrating nicely with the balanced acidity. This wine is drinking beautifully now and will continue to develop complexity for some time. According to Wine Spectator: "ntense and concentrated, with earthy citrus, pear and melon flavors that have a minerally edge. Full-bodied and complex, with a long, earthy finish. Drink now through 2016." (05/11)

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