We were so excited to be back in Napa last month. Temperatures were in the low 80s and we enjoyed numerous outdoor, sit-down tastings. At every winery we visited we received outstanding service from people genuinely happy to be back at work. We tasted a lot of great wine, many deserving to be our August wine-of-the-month, but one stood out as a great summer sipper: 2019 ZD Wines Rosa Lee Pinot Noir Rosé, Napa Valley.
ZD Wines was founded over 50 years ago by Norman and Rosa Lee deLeuze. As they state on their website: “The letters ZD allude to ‘Zero Defects,’ a quality control term that applies just as well to our wines as to the rocket propulsion programs our founders worked on before starting a wine business.”
Located on the Silverado Trail in Rutherford, ZD’s outdoor tasting was on their elevated outdoor patio overlooking the valley; a stunning view to put you in a great mood to taste. Scott was our pourer and educator (ask for him when you go). He knows his wines and is passionate about sharing them.
The wine is light pink—they left the skins on for just two hours—and was aged in stainless steel. It’s more floral on the nose than their Sauvignon Blanc. It is pleasantly sweet (we detect strawberries) with a spritz on the end. A perfect wine for an early summer evening for your socially distanced backyard entertaining. At $35 per bottle this wine provides great value, which our followers particularly appreciate.
If you are able to get back up to Napa soon make it a point to taste at ZD, pick up their 2019 Rosa Lee Pinot Noir Rosé (and their approachable 2017 Cab and Tempranillo and...), and tell them you came because it was Peninsula Underground’s August wine-of-the-month.