New Barrels!

December 13, 2011

We’ve just received our new shipment of barrels from Seguin Moreau! This is far and away our largest delivery of barrels for the year (although compared to what many other wineries receive in a year, a shipment this size would actually be considered fairly small).

Note how the barrels are wrapped in plastic. They arrive this way because they have to be protected from abrasion and moisture during transit.
Seguin Moreau produces the lionshare of the barrels that we use in our Cabernet Sauvignon. We are planning to use all of these new barrels in the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (they will make up about half of the barrel mix), and the remainder will go down into some of the seasoned barrels that are currently holding the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon.
We like to use a mixture of new and seasoned oak in our Cabs. We find that using too much new oak leaves the wine with too strong of an oaky flavor, sometimes described as resinous or medicinal. We also use a small percentage of American oak barrels in our Cabs. American oak is much more strongly flavored than French oak, generally adding distinctive notes of vanilla and baking spices to the finished wine. Too much American oak can completely override the profile of a wine, but just a little is just right for our style.
Now that the new barrels have arrived, we can begin to plan out our next big move, which is to put the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon blends down to barrel, while simultaneously pulling the 2009 Cab out of barrel to prep it for bottling in March.
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2 Responses to “New Barrels!”

  1. Alejandra said

    Well done! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  2. […] we’ve mentioned before, we like to use a mixture of new and seasoned barrels in our wines. We received the new barrels for the 2011 Cab a couple of weeks ago. In order to get the seasoned barrels, we are going to pump […]

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