First, ZD’s style is to blend Chardonnay grapes that are specially selected from California’s cool, coastal growing regions. This blending process builds complexity in the wine and maintains consistency with every vintage. Secondly, ZD barrel ferments and ages its Chardonnay in American oak barrels. American oak offers subtle nuances that make ZD wines distinguishable and flavorful.
ZD Chardonnay also undergoes cool fermentation. This slow process of fermentation extends yeast contact, which contributes to the creamy texture similar to wines aged sur lees. Finally, there is no malolactic fermentation in ZD Chardonnay. This is purposely controlled to preserve the varietal character and natural acidity of the wine. As a result, ZD Chardonnay ages more gracefully and is a great compliment to food.