Quails' Gate Estate Winery Optima, Totally Botrytis Affected 2010
Note: I publish batches of reviews that I call Good Values Wine Picks. These are from the regular section of the liquor store rather than the Vintages section, and tend to be lower priced and the most widely available of all wines. The last four reviews I did were: March 7, January 4, December 16 and November 20.
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Reviewed June 22, 2012 by Natalie MacLean
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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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Serve this wine between 60-65 degrees Farenheit or 15-18 degrees Celsius.