*2013 45th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
A 45th Anniversary celebration wine
The 2013 vintage marked ZD Wines' 45th anniversary, and this new release Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a great example of our commitment to producing intensely flavored and well-balanced wines. The 2013 season proved consistent with what this region is known for: superb growing conditions that lead to exquisite wines. Early bud break and mild weather during flowering led to a modest crop. A warm, dry summer and early fall allowed ripening to progress at an even pace, leading to excellent maturities.
ZD’s Napa Cabernets are produced from several small, intensely farmed vineyards, and the final blend consistently results in a unique wine layered with flavor and complexity. Each vineyard lot is fermented separately in small open top fermentors with regular hand punch downs during fermentation, ensuring a gentle extraction of tannin and color. After one year in American Oak barrels and frequent blind tastings at the winery, the vineyard lots are blended and barrel aged for an additional year before bottling.
This wine exhibits intense aromas of blackberry, plum, and cassis, with hints of cocoa, cedar, and sweet vanilla. The palate is marked by incredibly concentrated black fruits enveloped with ripe, lush tannins, and well-balanced acidity. It is drinking beautifully now, and will continue to develop complexity over many years to come.