Who says you can't find an intense, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon that is also balanced, drinkable and nuanced? This 2006 ZD Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has it all. The grapes were sourced from several small Napa Valley vineyards, each with its own unique terroir, giving us a varied palette of flavors and textures to work with when blending this wine. Each vineyard lot was hand harvested and fermented separately.
In 1969, two aerospace engineers Norman deLeuze and Gino Zepponi along with their families turned their entrepreneurial enthusiasm toward winemaking. It was the early pioneer days of the California wine industry. Their founding concept was to produce world-class chardonnay and pinot noir reminiscent of France's renowned Burgundy wines. They achieved this endeavor by using grapes from the cool Carneros regions of Napa and Sonoma. The namesake ZD Wines highlights the initials of the founding partners' last names, as well as Zero Defects, an acronym for a quality control program during the "space race" that Norman and Gino worked under while at AeroJet in Sacramento, CA. Norman's wife, founding partner Rosa Lee deLeuze chides that ZD also stands for the names of her two cats, Zesty and Delightful. With over forty years of history, today ZD represents world class winemaking of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon in the heart of Napa Valley. Hand punchdowns in ZD's small fermentors gives us a gentle extraction without aggressive tannins. Aged in our cellar for two years in American oak barrels, this wine is drinking beautifully now and will age gracefully for many years to come.