REALLY REALLY GOOD, MAYBE THEIR BEST EVER AND THAT'S OVER A 45 YEAR PERIOD. WHAT A TRACK RECORD!!
11 SILVER MEDALS DURING FAIR SEASON AS WELL AS A:
Double Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Comp., 2016
Gold Medal - Tasters Guild International Wine Judging, 2016
"Hard-charging oak imparts a strong vanilla presence that fruit works hard to equal if not overcome in the nose, and the same sweet and creamy, custard-like qualities are carried full on into the ample flavors that follow. Happily, the wine's fruit proves to be up to the task and holds its own on the palate, but, for all of its substance and richness, the wine wants for keen integration and is best side aside for another year. Reviewed: December 2015" (CG)
"1. 2014 ZD, Carneros ($40) – Medium-light golden yellow color; attractive, floral, apple and tropical fruit aroma with hints of vanilla, honeysuckle, and lemon zest; medium to medium-full body; crisp, apple and tropical fruit flavors with bright acidity; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended. 13.5% alcohol; case production not disclosed; 100% Chardonnay; 100% barrel fermentation (BF); 0% malolactic fermentation (ML); released September 2015. (Group Score: 16.6 of 20 points, 3 of 11 first-place votes/1 second/5 thirds; My Score: 17 [91 of 100 points], third place)" (CGV)
A mild, dry winter followed by bud break prompted an early start to the 2014 growing season throughout California. Moderate spring and summer temperatures led to slow, even ripening with excellent flavor development. The 2014 Chardonnay highlights our commitment to artfully blending for richness, intensity and balance from long-term vineyard partners in Carneros, Monterey, and Santa Barbara counties. All of the grapes were hand harvested at night and 100% barrel fermented in our custom designed barrel room which maintains a constant 46°F throughout the 4-6 week fermentation. This long, cool fermentation ensures optimal lees contact for richness and depth, and also helps to prevent malolactic fermentation, thus preserving the bright natural acidity from our coastal vineyard sites. The wine is then aged for 10 months in 100% American oak barrels which contributes to the richness and complexity of the wine.Aromas of juicy pineapple, guava and lemon zest mingle with notes of sweet vanilla and honeysuckle. The palate is round, full bodied and boasts a core of bright tropical fruit that is balanced beautifully by natural acidity. Enjoy! -Chris Pisani, Winemaker