Quails' Gate Estate Winery TBA Optima 2008 Wine Review

Quails' Gate Estate Winery TBA Optima 2008
Okanagan Valley, BC, VQA, Canada
Community Score: 4.6/5
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Product #: 10778856308096
Wine Type: Dessert Wine

Price: $29.99
Alcohol: 12%
Drink: 2010-2015
Sweetness: Sweet
Bottle size: 375 ml

Winery: Quails' Gate Estate Winery
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Natalie's Score: 92/100

This late harvest wine is redolent of ripe apricot and peach preserves. This is a delightful after-dinner wine, either with dessert or on its own. Treat yourself. Food pairings: créme brulee or soft cheeses.

This Quails' Gate Estate Winery TBA Optima 2008 was reviewed April 22, 2011 by


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Picked late in October, the Totally Botrytis Affected (TBA) Optima grapes were foot-stomped in the picking bins to get the juice in contact with the skins prior to pressing. The 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. After gentle pressing and cold settling in the tank, the juice was racked then fermented cold over a 10 day period. The 2008 season provided good natural acidity to balance the residual sweetness in this unique dessert wine.

This succulent dessert wine exhibits a very aromatic profile of baked pear, fig, orange and ripe citrus with a classic honey bees wax note derived from the Botrytis mold.

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