Quails' Gate Estate Winery Optima, Totally Botrytis Affected Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Wine Review

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Optima, Totally Botrytis Affected Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Quails' Gate Estate Winery Optima, Totally Botrytis Affected Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Quails' Gate Estate Winery Optima, Totally Botrytis Affected Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
VQA, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada
Community Score: 4.6/5
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Product #: 390328
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Price: $29.99
Alcohol: 14%
Drink: 2012-2022
Sweetness: Extra Dry
Bottle size: 375 ml
Wine Type: Dessert Wine

Winery: Quails' Gate Estate Winery
Agent: Appellation Wines
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August 3, June 18, March 5 and February 26.

 
Natalie's Score: 93/100

Divine! A heavenly elixir of Garden of Eden peaches and apricots and clementines. Sinfully great.

Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pear and cranberry upside down cake or soft ripe cheeses.

This was reviewed June 22, 2012 by
 

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Handpicked in late October, the Totally Botrytis Affected (TBA) Optima grapes were foot stomped in the picking bins to ensure juice contact with the skins before pressing and fermentation. These soft skinned grapes were thoroughly dehydrated from the Botrytis Cinerea mold. This harmless fungus pierces the grape skins causing the fruit to shrink and raisin, leaving the remaining juice naturally sweet. The significant levels of mold and micro flora provide excellent interest and complexity in the finished wine. After gentle pressing and cold settling in the tank, the juice was racked and then fermented cold over a 10 day period.

 
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