When samples of the Optima 2016 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon showed up at my door, my mouth practically started watering in anticipation. As expected, the wine lived up to every bit of hype full of lush black fruits, smoky cigar box and cedar aromas with an everlasting finish. The wine spent just under two years in fine cooperage and showcases enough structure to hold up to long term cellar aging. Pop and pour or decant before service.
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!Learn More
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