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Snooth User: klpete

Introduction and Barrel Tasting question

Posted by klpete, Oct 18, 2009.

Hi everyone. Just signed up on I live in the Temecula,CA wine country. I'm a long time fan of wine who finally decided to take it seriously and learn more about it. So, you could say I'm one rank above a newbie. I have a basic knowledge but have a lot of learning to do. I'm looking forward to learning from all of you. Thanks in advance.

My wife and I planted a couple of acres of Cinsaut vines two years ago. Our first harvest was last month. 1.75 tons. We're blending it with Syrah and Cab. I'll keep you all posted on the progress. Any local people are invited to the tasting party around 2011.

My question. My wife and I are going to the annual barrel tasting at some of the local wineries in a couple of weeks. How should I expect the tastes and aromas to be compared to finished wines? How will I know which wines to take note of for purchase later?

Thanks in advance.


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 18, 2009.

Welcome to Snooth klpete!

That is such a hard question. First off different varieties behave differently at a very early stage in the lives. Without knowing what it is you'll be tasting my best advice is to look beyond the flavors of the wine and concentrate on the aromas, primarily to see if there is anything off, and moat importantly the balance and texture. Making sure the wine is balanced and to your liking is probably the best you can do regarding barrel tasting.

I'm looking forward to hearing other opinions here.

Reply by GregT, Oct 18, 2009.

Hey good luck with your winemaking!

Barrel tasting - a lot depends also on the stage of the wine. Is it fresh wine or is it ready to be bottled? Huge difference, especially if it's been in the barrel for a few years. Generally everything having to do with young wine will be apparent and the wine might not be likable at all. It may be hard, tannic, mouth puckering. I agree with Greg - just see if there are components that may come together in the future.

On the other hand, if the wine is nearly finished, taste it as you would a young wine. That's not entirely different actually, but can be more enjoyable.

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