(From 1997 Vintage) The 1995 ZD Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon comes from four different areas of the Napa Valley; Rutherford, where our 3 ½ acre estate vineyard is located; Stag's Leap, which is a rocky area on the eastern hills between Napa and Yountville; Atlas Peak, located in the mountains in the southeast, and Carneros which is in the southwestern corner of the valley. All of these vineyards were selected due to their ability to produce rich, intense wines full of varietal character. After 18 months of barrel agin...
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesEarly in our writing careers, we visited some of the most famous French producers, and we have always remembered the vintner who told us that he uses extra oak in weak vintages because the fruit cannot carry the wine by itself. This wine might seem to have been made according to that philosophy except that it has always been made with generous lashings of oak, and, in this less than stellar vintage, it comes across as ripe, dry and far too drenched in wood.