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May 2007
Fire, Water and Oak
How Barrels are Toasted
by Curtis Phillips
Winemaking is the art of the particular. Each vintage has a unique character. A vineyard expresses its own combination of climate and soil and every winemaker has his or her individual stylistic signature. When all of these are in harmony, a great wine can be made. A similar balance applies to barrels and oak alternatives. Years of soil, sunlight and rain combine to impart a unique character to the oak. This continues to develop as the stave w...
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