IQ 2017 Trial Feature: Comparing Composite Alternatives to Natural Cork Closures for Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
February 07, 2017
Wine Business Monthly’s editors believe that trials are the embodiment of a winemaker’s pursuit of quality, and have selected more than 20 trials to feature at this year’s Innovation + Quality conference, a forum for ultra-premium wineries focused on cutting-edge innovations that advance wine quality.
Innovation + Quality (IQ) 2017 will be held at Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena, California on March 2. At the conference winemakers who have conducted new trials will pour their wines so attendees/fellow winemakers can taste the wines and compare the resulting wines from each trial. In the weeks leading up to the show, we'll feature some of the trials being poured.
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Comparing Composite Alternatives to Natural Cork Closures for Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m., Booth B
Winery Name: Trione Vineyards & Winery
Trial Objective: To evaluate the differences in using composite corks versus natural cork after one year in bottle. We will look at the differences in performance in two areas: Mechanic properties of the closures after one year in bottle, and organoleptic differences in RRV Pinot Noir after one year in bottle under the different closures.
Trial Description: Bottled 2014 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir on standard mobile bottling line using 1,000 natural corks; 1,000 Diam 5 closures and 1,000 Ganau UNiQ closures. We opened bottles after one year to perform a sensory analysis.
Lot 1: Xiberta I-cork Flor 49mm x 24mm (Natural)
Lot 2: Diam 5 47mm x 23.5mm
Lot 3: Ganau Uniq 49mm x 24 mm
Trial Conclusion: ETS chemical analysis is included below.
Innovation + Quality (IQ) 2017 is the third annual forum for ultra-premium wineries focused on cutting-edge innovations that advance wine quality. This day-long event will take place March 2, 2017 at Charles Krug Winery in Napa Valley.
Sessions will be held in the Carriage House and in the newly restored Redwood Cellar Tasting Room and Hospitality Center. A tented area between these two historic buildings will feature winemaker trials tastings, product and technology demonstrations, and exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations in the ultra-premium winemaking, grape growing, packaging and direct-to-consumer sales.
This event is produced by Wine Business Monthly, the leading print publication for the wine industry, in partnership with Napa Valley Vintners and the Napa County Farm Bureau.