This beauty is characterized by a gorgeous rich nose with generous bright fruit and deep, concentrated, multi-layered aromas of dark red cherry, blackberries and caramel. Espresso and cassis mingle with hints of dark chocolate and rose pedals. Well-integrated elements of sweet oak and vanilla carefully complement the fruit flavors and the round, rich silky middle. Supple on the palate, yet with a weighty, fruity mouthfeel and a medium tannic finish. Given proper cellaring this wine will give drinking pleasure for years to come, adding roundness and complexity.
Optima is a small production winery making powerful, balanced wines from of Alexander Valley's best fruit.
The story of how the founder of Optima Winery won over his wife is too good of a story not to tell. Mike Duffy had been making amazing Optima wines since 1984, but didn't meet his eventual wife until 2000 when he picked Nicol's son to play for a traveling soccer team that he coached. One night, after getting to know each other, Nicol invited Mike to dinner and pulled out a bottle of Optima Russian River Chardonnay. Mike promptly explained to her that Optima was his winery and he made that wine. After hearing that, she knew she had to marry him, so in 2001 Mike and Nicol got married at a winery in Healdsburg. Now THAT is the power of craft wine!More from this winery
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