Quails' Gate Estate Winery Totally Botrytis Affected Optima Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Wine Review

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Totally Botrytis Affected Optima Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Quails' Gate Estate Winery Totally Botrytis Affected Optima Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Quails' Gate Estate Winery Totally Botrytis Affected Optima Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Okanagan Valley, B.C., Canada
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Alcohol: 14%
Drink: 2010-2017
Sweetness: Extra Dry
Bottle size: 750 ml
Wine Type: Dessert Wine

Winery: Quails' Gate Estate Winery
Agent: Appellation Wines
More Vintages: 2010  Add New Vintage 
 
Natalie's Score: 92/100

An opulent homage to after-dinner relaxation. Redolent of ripe apricot and muscat aromas, this richly layered dessert wine will make visions of sugarplums dance in your head. Extraordinary craftsmanship!

Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: vanilla panna cotta and apricot preserves, biscotti.

This was reviewed August 5, 2011 by
 

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Andrea rated this wine as 97/100
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.
This succulent dessert wine exhibits classic dried fruit notes of apricot, orange peel and honeycomb. The palate is all candy and sweetness balanced with natural acidity.

 
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