We are pleased to present the 2013 Duffy Reserve Cabernet from this much-heralded vintage. A beautiful Cabernet, dry, soft and balanced. Characterized by a wonderful forward, rich nose with bright fruit and deep, concentrated, aromas of black cherry, raspberry, espresso, chocolate, and lavender. Elements of well-integrated sweet oak and vanilla carefully complement the ripe fruit flavors and the round, rich middle. The result is a rich, silky, and luxurious on the palate. The wine will cellar for years to come adding roundness and complexity.
Our goal is to highlight the special characters of Cabernet while showcasing the distinct benefits and attributes associated with this magnificent vineyard. The Cabernet Sauvignon was picked October 19, 2013, at 25.5 degrees brix. The grapes were fermented 10 days to dryness, then macerated an additional twenty-one days to soften and develop the tannins. Following pressing 100% of the wine was moved to 60 gallon French Oak barrels, where it received four gently barrel to barrel rackings. These rackings clarify the wine naturally and eliminate the need for filtration. This vintage was barrel aged for twenty-eight months prior to bottling. Optima is hand crafted, utilizing the best possible resources available. The result is an exceptional richness and balance that are the hallmarks of world class wines.
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Barrel Aging: 28 months