2011 ZD Chardonnay (Previously $27)

SKU #1114044 Connoisseurs Guide

 A slightly weedy, somewhat herbal element sits lightly atop the otherwise fairly direct apple-like fruit that provides direction to the clean, moderately oaky, full-bodied offering. The wine starts out with a bit of tactile viscosity, but it firms as it goes and takes on a bare bit of toothpicky phenolics at the last minute. It has the richness to work with richly sauced poultry and can stand up to lighter pork recipes.  (1/2013)

Wine Enthusiast

 This features creamy flavors of orange, nectarine and tropical fruit. The finish is seems a little sweet.  (12/2012)

K&L Notes

ZD Chardonnay gets its signature vibrant tropical fruit aromas and flavors supported by spicy complexity due to a long, cool ferment in 100% oak barrels with secondary malolactic fermentation blocked. Inhibiting malolactic fermentation preserves the fruit's natural acidity and primary aromas and flavors, while time in French oak imparts spicy complexity. This award-winning Chardonnay just keeps getting better. It makes a fruity and refreshing wine to enjoy in the near term but has the structure to evolved toward greater complexity the cellar.

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