Frostwatch 2014 Ophira Reserve Bennett Valley Chardonnay -> BUY NOW

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Frostwatch 2014 Ophira Reserve Bennett Valley Chardonnay -> BUY NOW

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As always, our decision to make the Ophira, our reserve chardonnay, is a year-to-year one. Not surprisingly, we are more likely to make the Ophira in an outstanding vintage (2009, 2012, 2013, and 2014).  Each year we taste through each barrel to see if a particular barrel speaks to us, meaning that the barrel stands out above the others and deserves a reserve designation. Given that our fermentations utilize indigenous yeast, aside from oak considerations, each barrel is unique and different because the fermenting yeast and fermentation dynamics are different for each barrel. For the 2014 vintage, we chose three barrels of the Platt Wente clone that exhibited exceptional concentrations of fruit, complexity and texture. One barrel was new and two barrels were one year old. The 18 months of barrel aging and frequent lees stirring, coupled with the exceptional fruit from the Platt Wente Clone in 2014, give this wine the trademark laser-like focus, complexity and unctuous mouth feel expected from our Ophira reserve. The wine is drinking beautifully now but will get even better for several years at a minimum. The last vintage (2013) of the Ophira received excellent reviews (94 pts from the Wine Enthusiast, 91 Points from Connoisseurs Guide, 90 Points from The Wine Advocate and a Gold Medal at the Chronicle Wine Competition) but we feel that this vintage will be even better.

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