Barrel Maintenance

Each year we add new barrels. We use some barrels up to ten years but after a few years, although they continue to do the job of ageing wine well, they no longer contribute the subtle wood flavors that add to the complexity of the wine.

Innerstave, a company that specializes in this, added just that- inner staves, oak wood staves from aged French Burgundy oak. These are charred, as the barrels themselves are and come from light to strong.

They work extremely quickly and I am lucky as I was there when they arrived. There is an image of the new staves inside the barrel and of old staves that have been removed. These are covered with wine tartrates which accumulate on the sides of the barrels and on the staves as well.2013-harvest-82013-harvest-112013-harvest-92013-harvest-10

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