*2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
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The 2015 growing season was marked by unseasonably warm weather in the spring which led to an early bud break, followed by a significantly cool period during flowering, which produced a smaller cluster set. These conditions, coupled with the ongoing drought, resulted in low yields in our vineyards across the valley, which provided an abundance of color, concentration of flavor, and a remarkable depth in the 2015 vintage.
This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon was produced with our finest organically farmed vineyard lots in Napa Valley. It is an exceptional example of ZD’s long-held belief in the art of blending, and how different sites can produce a wine that exceeds its individual parts. Each vineyard lot was fermented and barrel aged separately for one year before blending, and aged for an additional two years in American Oak.
With ZD’s own certified organic Rutherford Estate as the backbone, this wine is showing beautifully now, but will also age gracefully for many years to come. Aromas of cassis, black cherry and dark plum mingle with subtle hints of vanilla, anise, tobacco and a touch of clove. The palate is full, rich, and bursting with dark fruit. Lush, well-balanced tannins carry the wine through to an incredibly long and silky finish. The oak is present but well integrated and gives the wine an added layer of complexity.