21 Ratings
ZD Wines Pinot Noir Reserve

Wine Details


ZD Wines


Pinot Noir



Wine Description

(2004 Vintage) 2 Puffs 91 Points - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine July 2006"Highly Recommended" - California Grapevine June/July 20064+ Stars - Restaurant Wine May 2006Double Gold Medal - California State Fair Wine Competition 2006Gold Medal - International Eastern Wine Competition 2006Gold Medal - San Francisco International Wine Competition 2006Gold Medal - Taster's Guild International Wine Competition 2006Once again, the notoriously small bunches and berries of the Hanzell clone from ZDs deLeuze Family Vineyard in Carneros have given us a wine of amazing color, read more...depth and complexity. The Hanzell clone makes up about 70% of a seven acre block planted in 1996. This entire vineyard is dry farmed and has been farmed organically since 1996, and was officially certified in 1999. Additionally, in 2005, ZD Wines became one of only two wineries in Napa County to have their winemaking facility certified by CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers). The fruit was hand harvested on Aug 30th at optimal maturity. Fermentation occurs in small open top fermentors, and the cap was punched down every six hours during fermentation to ensure a gentle extraction of color and tannin. The wine was aged for 15 months in small French oak barrels, with minimal racking, and bottled in December 2005. In the aroma, ripe plum and black cherry mingle with hints of rhubarb, sweet vanilla and toast. On the palate, the wine is dense and rich with ample black and red fruits, well integrated oak, and silky smooth tannins that help carry the fruit to an amazingly long finish. Only 750 cases of this wine were produced. -Chris Pisani,Winemaker (hide)

Expert Reviews
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2001 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Oct-06