2009 ZD California Chardonnay

SKU #500117
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.
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ZD Chardonnay is set apart from most Chardonnay in the marketplace because of its distinctive style, the quality of its production, and the consistency with which it is produced. Its style is based on four elements, and each element makes an important contribution to the overall production of the final wine. First, ZD's style is to blend Chardonnay grapes that are specially selected from California's cool, coastal growing regions. This blending process builds complexity in the wine and maintains consistency with every vintage. Second, ZD barrel ferments and ages its Chardonnay in American oak barrels. American oak offers subtle nuances that make ZD wines distinguishable and flavorful. ZD Chardonnay undergoes a long, cool fermentation. This process extends yeast contact, which contributes to the wines having a creamy texture similar to wines aged sur lees. Finally, ZD Chardonnay undergoes no malo-lactic fermentation. This is purposely controlled to preserve the varietal character and natural acidity of the wine. As a result, ZD Chardonnay ages more gracefully and is a great complement to food.
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Vintage 2009
Country United States
Region California
Bottle Size 750ml
Special Assignment Best Sellers, Organic
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