Our recent post about the new barrel inspection process discussed the pristine barrels French and American cooperages deliver to our cellar door every winter. But only one-third of our Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in new oak barrels each vintage, so used barrels play a critical role in our winemaking philosophy. Barrels raise our wine for three years of their life cycle before being sold to other wineries. The annual transition each February and March of moving one third of our oak barrels to prepare them for sale—and to make room for new oak barrels—is profiled in this video.
Saying goodbye to used barrels … but not for long
by Patrick Fallon on March 12, 2010