The Oak Barrel

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  • You'll notice, Mark, the term is in English, so this is aimed at the export market, particularly North America.Not sure if you're up on the difference between filtered or fined wine, and that which hasn't been, but this is a basic question for any winemaker. Fining and more recently filtering aim at removing particulate matter that may cause clo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • One of our charming new posters, cysurvivor, was fishing for recommendations here for a visit over MLK weekend.  Since we're all pretty free with our half-baked ideas and opinions, we had plenty of ideas for him, didn't we?  Since Mauritson kept showing up on the list, it looked like it would make the final cut, so I went on private messaging an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good deeds, good wine, good...


  • Molly Dooker Shiraz Velvet Glove 2012

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    Must-taste-wine! 1st expresstion is "wow". However, one thing that comes to mind is "this is not natual!"When making oak barrel, direct file gets spread on inner surface. The taste and scent from velvet glove give the image of 'pretty much darken oak barrel by fire'. To increase tanin taste, grape lieves & small branches can be put before fermen... Read More

    Wine review by Austin Sung


  • Hi everyone.  This is my first post on the boards.  My wife and I are doing a long weekend in Healdsburg (Jan 15-17) and Yountville (Jan 17-19) over MLK weekend and were looking for some recommendations on wineries to visit.  We tend to like more full bodied red wines, but are open to other wines as well. We are from New York and want to focus o... Read More

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  • America’s first vertical tasting of the fine wines of Podere Sapaio from Bolgheri in Coastal Tuscany took place at my restaurant, Undici Taverna Rustica in Rumson, NJ, this past year. Owner, enologist Massimo Piccin was present and told us, “We are wine. We are men and women winemakers who transform grapes into wine by means of our know-how, our... Read More

    From the article Vertical Wine Tasting is Revelatory


  • I opened a nice lightly oaked Chardonnay that we picked up from Muse Vineyards a few months ago.  This is the same winery that won the Virginia's Governors Cup for 2015.  I like every wine we have tried here."Barrel-fermented with hints of mineral and apricot on the nose, this wine is more intricate than many so-called New World Chardonnays. Its... Read More

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  • Secret Santa 2015 was a success!  We eventually figured out who the senders and recipients were based on past drinking habits and assorted sleuthing.  Some bottles were consumed quickly but others are in storage awaiting the right moment to enjoy them.  Thanks to everyone for participating.  Final pairings are listed below:JONDERRY - received bo... Read More

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  • Cbs Coyote Bowl Series Chardonnay 2013

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    This edition of the CBS Chardonnay from Church & State has some apple, molten sugar, lignin elements and vanilla spice poking through on the nose. On entry, there is a fairly hefty dose of wood (partially barrel fermented, I think, in French Oak) which seems to overpower the gentle Okanagan fruit just a tad. Toasty tannins might be dialed back... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Hi Lefty,OK, calling GREGT!!!  He would be just the guy to get into the intricate details of Chardonnay fermentation/aging.  Maybe he'll even get into sur lie aging!   But basically, some Chards start fermentation in SS, and then are finished in oak barrels.  Several factors figure in to how much "oakiness" will impart to the wine- time, type of... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Unoaked vs Oaked Chardonnay


  • James it's not an elementary question. Originally oak barrels were used for ... pick up some of that from the oak barrels, which is why a lot of wine has a vanilla note when you smell it.Also, the amount of fire you use on the barrel matters. You can use green wood, which is only heated enough to bend but isn't really toasted, or you can use ba... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Unoaked vs Oaked Chardonnay


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