Frostwatch 2016 Ophira Reserve Bennett Valley Chardonnay -> BUY NOW

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Frostwatch 2016 Ophira Reserve Bennett Valley Chardonnay -> BUY NOW

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Our decision to make a reserve chardonnay, which we label “Ophira”, is made on a year to year basis. Not surprisingly, we are more likely to make the Ophira in an outstanding vintage (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016). 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 2016 vintage, only one barrel stood above the others. It was once used, from the Vosges Region in France, which is a frequent favorite for its sweet, nuanced oak accents. The wine is drinking beautifully now but will get even better for several years at a minimum. Please see our tasting notes and reviews for the 2015 Ophira. We are confident this very limited bottling will also be highly regarded.

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