(From 2011 Vintage) ZD Pinot Noirs can be deep and lovely wines at the best of times, but even in those times, they often tended to come with more than their share of pushy, roasted vanilla bean oak that gave them a singular character and tended to bother people who liked their oak to be more classically Burgundian in style. Happily, this one seems suited to all palates with its ZD-like depth, its supple yet slightly firm structure and a caramelly, lightly toasted oak overlay that seems perfectly fit to the rest of its personality. Try mating a standing rib roast to its rich flavors.
Darker in color than most of our Pinots, this wine has a wonderful bouquet of cherries, violets, and cinnamon, with a distinct spicy vanillin aroma from 18 months of aging in French oak barrels. In the mouth, complex and velvety flavors fill the palate. The transition to aftertaste is sweet and lasting.... a wine to savor.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2003 Vintage) Well-ripened cherries are teamed up with lightly creamy, vanilla-tinged oak in the pleasant, mid-mass aromas of this generally likeable wine. If somewhat blunted at present by a finishing note of acid-pushed tannin, it conveys reasonable fruit and a nice bit of flesh in the mouth, and it is destined to improve with a few years of further cellaring.
Wine Spectator(From 2003 Vintage)
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2007 Vintage) Incredibly well-defined, harmonious aromas redolent of ripe red cherries, sweet strawberries, seductive oak smelling of toast and creme brulee lead to a surprisingly supple, almost velvety texture that would seem to belie the wine's tender years. It is endowed with ample fruit in its deep, rich flavors, and if a touch simple at this writing, the wine has everything in place for further develop -ment and promises to get better and better over the next three to six years with quiet cellaring.