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ZD Wines Chardonnay 2014

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Yet another near-ideal growing season provided Napa Valley with an excellent 2013 harvest to mark ZD's 45th vintage. An ample number of warm days and cool nights allowed for very slow ripening and optimal flavor development. Bright forward aromas of guava and tropical fruit are complemented by subtle hints of orange blossom and sweet vanilla. The palate is full bodied and lush with notes of pineapple, mandarin and lemon rind that integrate wonderfully with natural acidity and subtle oak. 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.
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