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The 2018 vintage marked ZD Wines’ 50th anniversary, an incredible milestone for a small, family-owned winery committed to producing world-class wines of the highest quality. Mother Nature fulfilled our expectations for this momentous vintage by rewarding us with an outstanding growing season that has led to some amazing wines, including this 2018 Carneros Reserve Chardonnay!
This ZD Carneros Reserve Chardonnay is a blend from several certified organic vineyards, including ZD’s own Carneros Estate. Hand harvested under the cool cover of night at optimal maturity, the wine was cold fermented in 100% American Oak barrels with no malo-lactic fermentation, giving this wine a nice balance of intense, ripe fruit and bright, natural acidity. 15 months of extended aging in barrel helped round out the texture and added complexity to this distinctive Chardonnay.
Aromas of ripe pear, apricot, and lime zest mingle with subtle floral notes that integrate beautifully with a slight hint of toasty oak and sweet vanilla. The palate is lush and round, with intense forward fruit and well-balanced natural acidity that complement each other that lead to a long, rich finish. Only 35 barrels were produced.