Frostwatch 2015 Ophira Reserve Bennett Valley Chardonnay -> BUY NOW

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Frostwatch 2015 Ophira Reserve Bennett Valley Chardonnay -> BUY NOW

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The Ophira Reserve is a barrel selection of the best of the Frostwatch Chardonnay lots from outstanding vintages.  As always, our decision to make the Ophira, 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).   2015 certainly qualified as an outstanding vintage in Bennett Valley. A very temperate growing season coupled with lengthy, complex indigenous fermentations produced beautifully nuanced Chardonnays. The two barrels for our Ophira were selected based on multiple tastings and exhibited exceptional complexity as well as laser-like focused flavors. One barrel originated from the Platt Wente Block and the second barrel was from the Clone 4 Block. Both selected barrels were new but the oak was very well integrated and did not overpower the fruit characteristics of the vineyard.   The Ophira was bottled un-filtered after fining on May 4th, 2017 (after 19 months in French Oak).  Much like our regular Chardonnay, critics are consistently finding favor with our Ophira.  The 2014 Ophira received a Gold medal from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Completion and 92 points from the Wine Enthusiast.  The 2013 bottling received 94 points from the Wine Enthusiast and 90 point scores from The Wine Advocate and Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine.

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