Aging in an oak barrel is a key step in the production of great wines and spirits. The wood is a true oenological tool.
The barrel serves as integrator–it preserves the characteristics of the grape variety, the terroir, and the wine’s flavor, all while harmonizing the elements for greater complexity. Oak helps to soften and subdue the natural aggressive tannins of wine.
The tight-grained oak is porous, allowing for minute amounts of evaporation and oxygenation. This exchange between the outside air, the barrel and the wine provide for rounding of tannins and developing of aromatics. The end result is a wine of finesse.