2011 Reserve Chardonnay
The 2011 growing season was marked by an unusually long, cool summer without any of the heat spikes that we typically experienced in previous vintages. The cool foggy mornings provided ideal ripening conditions for ZD’s organically farmed Carneros Estate Chardonnay vineyard. The Chardonnay grapes were able to develop slowly and the cooler weather allowed for longer hang time resulting in incredible depth of flavor. Extended cold barrel fermentation in our cellar at the winery preserved vibrant aromas and provided the essential “lees contact” for a richness and complexity on the palate. The Chardonnay was aged in American oak barrels for 15 months adding another element of depth. Aromas of pear, lime and orange blossom mingle with subtle floral notes and the perfect amount of sweet toasty oak and vanilla. On the palate, intensely forward fruit and bright natural acidity complement each other and lead to a long rich finish.
- Chris Pisani, Winemaker