Coming from an eastern-sloping vineyard in Alexander Valley, the Optima 2016 Duffy Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is the pinnacle of this winery's efforts. Spending 36 months in French oak barrels, the wine shows off all the hallmarks of premium Alexander Valley fruit. It's opaque in the glass, flashing huckleberry, chocolate, and baking spices on the finish.
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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