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May 2005
Barrel Notes on Zinfandel and Rhône Varietals
Winemaker Jeff Cohn shares his notes from years of identifying and tracking the flavors he associates with different types of oak barrels.
by Jeff Cohn
Editor's Note: Winemakers often experiment with various types of oak barrels, blending wine aged in the barrels together so as to add flavor and complexity without overpowering the wine with oak. There are a plethora of options, and winemakers choose barrels in various ways. They rely on suppliers for information, of course, but often network with one another, asking peers about their experiences and opinions about various barrels. They frequently experiment with new barrels, setting aside sma...
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