The story of

The Vineyards

When Mike graduated from Davis in 1982 with a degree in enology. Mike was trained in winemaking with a few classes of viticulture. Optima has their own vineyard for the Duffy Reserve wine that Mike tends to but his passion is creating wines not growing them. It was important to Mike to be able to showcase varietals that were grown in the optimal appellations. Mike knew Alexander Valley was the perfect place to make Cabernet from but Zinfandel belongs in Dry Creek Valley so Mike chose not to buy land and plant all the varieties he wanted to make. As a craftsman, Mike needed to search out growers who shared his vision. The growers have become part of the Optima family, they share passion without compromise and it’s worked out well for the last 36 years.


The vineyard is situated on a terraced knoll. The soil is comprised primarily of a gravelly loam soil. The slope direction provides excellent exposure of the grape clusters and allows for long “hang time.” This provides us with perfectly formed small bunches of grapes that possess optimal ripeness and fully developed varietal characters. The vines produce 2-3 tons per acre which deliver rich, concentrated flavors.


The Dry Creek Valley is the keeper of our hearts for Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. Quality through sacrifice is Mounts top priority. With this philosophy of excellence passing through three generations totaling 60 years of winegrape growers, how can we go wrong? Every block brings together the unique orientation of hillside exposure, soil type, and depth. The planning and consideration that went into developing the vineyard allow the vine to grow to its full potential. From Mounts dedication, we achieve the highest quality fruit possible.


The vineyard is from our small half acre in Alexander Valley, where each spring a carpet of green covers the vineyard floor. Our family cares it for from planting to harvest through vinification. We manage our viticulture through the ideology of balance.  Hand-selected shoot positioning, and leaf management planting cover crops, and composting are many practices we utilize since 2000. The exceptional combination of climate, exposure, and soil in the vineyard stamps its signature on this classic varietal. 75 cases produced.


For a wine to be exceptional it must be intrinsic to the grapes. Given this simple fact, we strive to work with only the best vineyards, vineyards that consistently produce grapes of quality and distinction vintage after vintage.


Long sun-drenched growing days and cool evenings provide structure and balance.  The soil composition is dominated by calcareous loam and clay soils.  Located between Alexander Valley and Calistoga, the unique microclimate and soil composition of our Knights Valley Ranch were clearly suited for growing Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux grape varieties.


Our Location


Located in the heart of Healdsburg, we are blessed to be at the center of some of the best appellations in the world.

For tasting and visitation inquiries please contact us by calling (707) 431-8222, or emailing We suggest contacting us at least one week prior to your desired date, as availability is limited.

Watch the

Vineyard drone footage

Our address

101 Grant Ave, Suite G Healdsburg, CA