The Oak Barrel

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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

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Secret Santa 2015 is now in process with 10 forum members participating.  The bottles were all shipped and have been delivered.  We started opening our gifts / tasting the wine on Black Friday, 27 November 2015.  Current guesses as to the senders:JONDERRY - received giftOUTTHERE - received bottle from NAPAGIRLREALLY BIG AL - He knows the real ma... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2015

  • Cbs Coyote Bowl Series Chardonnay 2013


    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

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  • In defense of Oaked and Buttery Chardonnays I must say that "I like it".  I know the trend is for the unoaked stainless steel ferment to be on the rise and people are saying that they prefer it over the "Other kind". That may be the trend but the Oaked and Buttery varieties are still my favorites although the unoaked brands are ok also.So in fin... Read More

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  • Macon Village Reserve Collovray et Terrier 2013


    This wine was served with the fish course at a wedding lunch I attended at the weekend.Macon Village is an AOC for white wines made from the chardonnay grape from 26 communes in the Maconnais ie. the area around the town of Macon in southern Burgundy.If all the grapes come from just one of these communes then the name of that commune may be name... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • There’s nothing quite like having wine friends. After all, our mutual topic of interest is a social lubricant. But there’s so much more to it, as Snooth’s recent blogger trip will attest. Earlier this month we had the opportunity to explore one of the country’s oldest and up-and-coming wine regions: Lodi, California. It still amazes me that a si... Read More

    From the article Lodi Wines: Past, Present, Future

  • Few things better represent the art of winemaking more than the image of oak wine barrel racks inside a picturesque château, as they lovingly age the sweet juices that will one day be poured into our glasses. It’s an Old World image that reminds us to respect the timeless task of winemaking. While there are many types of wood barrels in which wi... Read More

    From the article Go New Oak or Go Home

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