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Early rains and a long, moderate, dry growing season with very few heat spikes allowed for optimal ripening conditions for our 2019 Reserve Carneros Chardonnay. The grape sugars came up slowly, flavors developed beautifully, and the characteristic bright acidity of Chardonnay was preserved. Some may call it an “uneventful” harvest, which almost always makes for the best wine quality!
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.
With beautiful aromas of pear, lemon curd, tangerine, and vanilla with slight toast, this wine is balanced with subtle floral notes. The palate is of rich, unctuous pear, with apricot and lemongrass with a racy texture and a pleasant finish of honey with bright acidity. The 2019 Reserve Carneros Chardonnay is stunning right now, and will also age well in a cellar for many years to come.