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December 2009
Product Review: Choosing Barrels for Cabernet Sauvignon
Here are some rough guidelines to help the winemaker match barrel types with four general winemaking styles.
by Curtis Phillips
It seems to me that the question of choosing the “right” barrel for Cabernet Sauvignon is a mostly unexplored one. Whereas it’s easy, even expected, for one to wax lyrical about precisely matching barrels to other varietals—Pinot Noir comes to mind—Cabernet Sauvignon doesn’t seem to elicit the same sort of discussion. The usual criticism for California Cabernet Sauvignon is that they are “dead fruit” wines that are too hot, over-extracted and ov...
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