Wine Barrel

(559)434-1057 1105 East Champlain Drive
Fresno, CA 93720-4223
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  • California Chardonnay has gone through a transformation over the years. It was the Judgement of Paris in 1976 that put it on the map as a serious wine that could rival Burgundy producers who'd been making wine for centuries. But during the 1990's, a lot of experimentation in the California wine market took place. The ideologies wanted to reflect... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Journey of the Chardonnay...

  • As wine lovers who among us doesn't enjoy doing horizontal tastings of wines from a single vineyard? That would probably be none of us yet the opportunity to do this doesn't surface very often. I remember doing a Limerick Lane Zinfandel horizontal last year with 6 takes on the same fruit. Other than that I'm at a loss. It's a great opportunity t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Las Madres 20 Ways

  • I already posted our 'tasting notes' in response to your same question earlier DM.  I don't try to evaluate wines in detail because I am not sensitive (in my opinion) to the subtle complexities in wine.  I am able to appreciate wines by the overall mouth-feel and I let it go at that.  Sandra is better with the complexities but we are not up to y... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines

  • Makes sense. Otherwise, if barrel variation is in play, it's really not the "same wine" Read More

    Forum post in the topic Funk

  • That brings about another question, and part of the process I'm unfamiliar with. Do all barrels typically get blended together to make one wine? That would seem typical. Though I suppose it's possible smaller wineries fill bottles one barrel at a time, or larger wineries may blend various barrels together, hedging against the possibility that on... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Funk

  • The story of the single barrel infection is very interesting.  Often, when a taster is surprised that a wine with which he is very familiar does not meet expectations, he will attribute this discontinuity to "bottle variation."  The single barrel infection is an easily understood explanation of one way that bottle variation can occur.  I have to... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Funk

  • Never seen a winery re-toast barrels every year. Sounds expensive. Brett is not only in barrels but on equipment, in drains, carried by people... Once the winery is infected it requires a huge undertaking to rid itself of the taint. Otherwise it's using ozone on everything, being overly anal about every aspect of cleanliness. All it takes is for... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Funk

  • High fermentation temps will extract stuff. Early on color, later on tannins. Bad funk comes mostly from poor sanitation but I have heard of brand new barrels being infected.Recently I was in a conversation with a winemaker and a cooper where the talk centered around new barrels and whether to clean them before use. Hot water cleaning masks the ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Funk

  • Apart from lack of hygiene in the winery, what part of the winemaking process allows for a funky nose?  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Funk

  • Sometimes one just doesn't like the style of the reserve, or the way it has been dolled up--more new wood, longer barrel aging that could dry out the flavors, etc.  There are a few makers in Montalcino, for example, who want to lower the barrel aging requirement so that vintages that aren't built for wood aging can be better wines.  I don't thin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bitter finish

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