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December 2008
Product Review: Choosing Barrels for Pinot Noir
Here are some rough guidelines to help the winemaker match barrel types with four general winemaking styles.
by Curtis Phillips
When it comes to barrels and wine, in general, and Pinot Noir, in particular, I must admit that I have a number of peeves and biases. For one thing, I can't stand Pinot Noirs where the oak has been used as a "flavorant." Producing a wine that is essentially an oak tea works great if one is pursuing points from Parker or the Wine Spectator, but lots of oak for its own sake does not a great wine make. The real reason I put wines in barrel is for the (micro-)oxidative, clarifying and concentrati...
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