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Quails' Gate Estate Winery Optima Botrytis Affected 2006

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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 2006 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. The palate is full of candied sweetness balanced by firm natural acidity. Enjoy with lemon or vanilla panna cotta or soft ripe cheeses.

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Quail's Gate Estate Winery:
In keeping with our family tradition of celebrating memorable moments with good friends, wine and food, we are pleased to provide you with a winery experience that marries all three. Our family appreciates the time you are taking to learn about our wines and what you will experience by visiting the winery!

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Snooth User: enjif
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01/24/2011

Five glasses



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 2006 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. The palate is full of candied sweetness balanced by firm natural acidity. Enjoy with lemon or vanilla panna cotta or soft ripe cheeses.

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