The success of ZD Wines can only be attributed to the dedication and winemaking philosophy of the de Leuze family. As ZD Wines moves forward, the family continues to grow. Norman and Rosa Lee's grandchildren represent the 3rd generation to contribute their time and skills to the winery. In 1996 the de Leuze family purchased an historical, 33-acre vineyard in Carneros. As the winery continues to grow, so does the vision of ZD Wines.
This Carneros Pinot Noir was hand harvested in the second week of October, almost a month later than usual, and fermented in small open top stainless steel tanks. Hand punchdowns every six hours during the fermentation ensured a gentle extraction of color and tannin and ten months aging in 100% French oak barrels, has given us a truly delicious wine with excellent depth and complexity.
A medium ruby color and aromas of dark cherries, briary strawberry and subtle hints of vanilla and lavender give way to a lush, silky palate with more bright fruit, cedar, and toast. This wine also has a good acid/tannin balance that should allow for great aging potential in the years to come.