Daily Archive for December 1st, 2011

75 gallon Stainless Steel Barrels

Something new, different and exciting in the winery this year are eight, 75 gallon, stainless steel barrels. Making wine in a stainless steel vessel helps retain the wine’s naturally bright acidity and juicy, fruit forward flavors.

Crisp, clean wines such as Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Chablis style Chardonnays do fabulously in stainless steel. Stainless steel barrels, due to their convenient size, give winemakers more flexibility when working with small lots of high-quality wine.

A winemaker can choose to ferment and age some of his wine in varying ratios of oak barrels to stainless steel barrels to later be blended together in order to create a finer, more refined wine than conventional equipment might otherwise allow.

We currently have four stainless steel barrels dedicated to our 2011 Wente clone Chardonnay and old vine Riesling respectively.

Carlos Mascherin, Santa Barbara Winery