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ZD Wines
8383 Silverado Trail South
Napa, CA 94558

(707) 963-5188



ZD Wines













Description

Beginning in September and lasting throughout most of October, ZD's Chardonnay grapes are hand harvested and brought quickly to the winery, where they are crushed and pressed. Each vineyard lot is maintained separately. The juice is then cooled and put into 50-gallon oak barrels for its 100% barrel fermentation. Due to the cool temperature in ZD's cellars, the fermentation lasts about 6-8 weeks, whereas most barrel fermentations last about 3-6 days. This very slow, cool, fermentation is extremely important to the quality of ZD Chardonnay. It maintains the fruit and gives the wine a creamy, toasty character that is brought about from extended contact with the yeast as it is suspended in the fermenting wine. This cool temperature also inhibits a secondary (malo-lactic) fermentation, allowing ZD Chardonnay to maintain its natural acidity.


Amenities
 

Features:
Family Owned
Education
Gardens

Varietals as 2010:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Chardonnay
Petit Sirah

Appellation:
Los Carneros
Rutherford
Calistoga
Yountville



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