2011 ZD Chardonnay (Previously $27)
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.
This features creamy flavors of orange, nectarine and tropical fruit. The finish is seems a little sweet.
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.