Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Tasting & Touring at ZD Wines


ZD was our fourth and last tasting on our first full day in Napa Valley. I've been a longtime fan of ZD Wines and their commitment to the environment but this was my first time to visit. I was excited for my media tour and tasting and I was particularly interested to learn more about their organic and green efforts.

The Tasting:
2014 ZD California Chardonnay (SRP $40)- A blend of Chardonnay grapes from long-term grower partners in Carneros, Monterey and Santa Barbara Counties; rich, full-bodied, very tropical, round, good acidity.
2013 ZD Carneros Pinot Noir (SRP $50)- Ripe red cherry/berry and clove.
2013 ZD Founder's Reserve Pinot Noir (SRP $75)- Plum, black cherry, herbal, cedar.
2012 ZD Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $150)- Half the fruit comes from ZD's organic Rutherford vineyard and the rest is blended from other premium properties; intense, ripe blackberry character, chocolate, full body, dusty tannins.

ZD continues to celebrate 45 years of California wine making as the 2014 vintage of each wine is released. Celebrate with them with a visit or by enjoying any of the recommended wines from above. This winery allows walk in tastings but tours must be booked in advance. The tour and tasting experiences range from $40-120 per person. A recommended stop to both tour and taste when you are in the Napa Valley.