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World Cooperage Introduces Infrared Toasted Barrels to its Profile Series

Posted on February 12, 2014

Cooperages 1912 is expanding the World Cooperage Profile Series to include new barrel profiles created using custom infrared technology.

“World Cooperage has long been known for pioneering the concept and technology behind Barrel Profiling, which centers on creating diverse, definable flavor profiles for fire-toasted barrels with guaranteed repeatability,” general manager Elizabeth Van Emst said. “Now we are taking this same concept and applying it to infrared technology to further expand the flavor combinations that are possible.”

Each infrared profile is created using targeted combinations of wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum to highlight different flavors and textures.

“Our infrared toasting system involves state of the art technology fully customized by our engineering team to ensure accuracy,” said David Llodrá, research and development director. “As a result, the infrared profiles are extremely precise, offer clean flavors, and explore new combinations of aromas and flavors not previously available to winemakers.”

After research and experimentation in-house, as well as multiple production-scale trials, Cooperages 1912 is now offering two infrared toasts: Aroma Profile and Reflection Profile. The Aroma Profile offers a full spectrum of oak aromatics to accent forward fruit characters and richness on the mid palate. Meanwhile, the Reflection Profile is designed to serve as a reflection of the fruit, as the name implies, lifting and enhancing fruit character with mild oak and light aromatics.

World Cooperage infrared profiles are immediately available, having recently launched at the 2014 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium.

Cooperages 1912 is a fourth-generation, family-owned company committed to crafting premium French, European and American oak barrels under the brands T.W. Boswell and World Cooperage. Over the past century, the Boswell family has crafted distinctive barrels that define the industry. The Cooperages 1912 team consults directly with winemakers to ensure an optimal pairing between wine and barrel.

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