The 2017 Optima Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is the latest release from this boutique winery crafting finely tuned Cabs from what remains one of the most underrated places in California for the grape. As expected, the wine is laced with lush black fruits, smoky cigar box and cedar aromas and tied up with an everlasting 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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