ZD Wines was established in 1969 by former aerospace engineers Norman DeLeuze and Gino Zepponi. They named the wine ZD, not only to signify the initials of their last names, but also as an acronym for Zero Defects, a term used at the quality control program at their former job at Aerojet. Zepponi unfortunately died in 1985, and DeLeuze and his family took full ownership. The winery experimented with several grape varieties over the years, but decided to narrow its focus to just Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon in 1987. ZD acquired land in Rutherford, where the current winery was built.
According to the Wine Spectator: "Firm, with crisp tannins, and tightly wound flavors of currant and cherry that pick up an earthy, leathery edge. 2,300 cases made." (07/97)
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