2008 Z-D Chardonnay

Year: 2008
Appellation: California
Country: USA - California
2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition: Double Gold Medal
White Wine
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Winery Notes:
The harvest of 2008 marked our 40th crush and we are celebrating that milestone with an anniversary label. Over the years, this California Chardonnay has evolved to be recognized as a hallmark of ZD Wines. We have created a unique character by blending the distinct attributes of the cool growing regions of Napa and Sonoma Carneros as well as the fog shrouded Santa Maria valley in Santa Barbara and the cool, windy Arroyo Seco in Monterey. Our winemaking techniques are designed to preserve and enhance the character of this fruit. We use a long slow cold barrel fermentation and allow no malo-lactic fermentation to maintain the natural acidity and flavor. Aging in lightly toasted American Oak barrels gives us hints of sweet vanilla and coconut and adds a depth to the wine through slow evaporation and concentration. Please enjoy this full, rich, well- balanced wine and join us in celebrating 40 years of growing our family business.

The vineyards for our traditional California Chardonnay represent the best that California has to offer. 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. -Chris Pisani, Winemaker