2007 ZD. Chardonnay California: Very, very good
(by the way, this will be known as the second night (the first was with emilie and sean) that scallops from schnucks turned out so badly, and the first that the ocean perch wasn't that impressive ... don't try the recipe found at http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Bake-Ocean-Perch&id=335455)
anyway, this zd is quite good. we'll definitely be getting it again, though at around $35, it's on the pricier side of good. greg said the nose has hints of honey, while the texture is very smooth. the flavor has honey overtones, with a little vanilla. "it's very good, an excellent chardonnay. probably one of the best chardonnays i've had." i thought this californian's nose was honey and lemonish, while the texture was smooth, silky, with a hint of acidity. this is a warm, welcoming, very yellow chardonnay. and as it warmed in the glass, it became a little more acidic (in texture), and a bit more buttery (in the nose, but it was so subtle that it didn't bother me at all). there's also more sweetness. the zd has been fermented in cold barrels, according to the label. 13.5 percent alcohol. $32.99 with a 10-percent 6-bottle case discount from winetree.