by Fred McMillin
for February 27, 1997
Be Sure to Get Your Z's
1995 was a strange year. Flooding and erosion in the winter. Spring was cool and damp giving us a late bud break and low yields.. Then the Napa vines were hammered by hail. When temperatures finally warmed up they stayed that way. So the crush was fast and furious, starting Sept. 19 and ending Oct. 19.
The Rest of the Story: As for that fractious 1995 weather, not to worry. Robert had an expert to consult, for this was the 25th ZD Chardonnay vintage his father had seen. In fact, Norman didn't turn over winemaking resposibilities to his son, Robert, until the 13th vintage (1983). In any case, the 1995 is another ZD beauty. Enjoy it in its crisp youth now, or drink it in the year 2000 when that crispness has turned creamy, the lemon changing to pineapple and coconut.
1995 Chardonnay, Appellation—California
Rating: Highly Recommended
Postscript: Whence the name ZD? In 1969 two aircraft engineers started making wine in a rented shed. They were Gino Zepponi (the ZEE) and Norman de Leuze (the DEE).
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