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May 2014
Choosing the Best Barrel for Your Wine Program
A barrel trial performed at Halter Ranch winery of Paso Robles can serve as a template for wineries seeking to find the best barrels for their individual program.
by Eric Stern
Kevin Sass, winemaker for Halter Ranch in Paso Robles, said he makes his winemaking decisions based on how the barrel affects the taste of the wine, and has conducted a unique experiment that allows him to taste the differences. The experiment has allowed the winemakers to taste their wine aged in 16 types of oak and was designed to look at the same wine from three different perspectives for three different wines in the Halter Ranch program. Sass, along with Chris Hansen, general manager of Seg...
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