Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What does "Oaked" Mean in terms of Wine?

After a wine has completed the fermentation process, a winemaker can choose to bottle it right away or age it in barrels. For red wines, this often means spending time in oak barrels for up to 2 years before it is bottled.

They do this for several reasons:
  • To all wines for clarification, as solid particles settle to the bottom of the barrel.
  • To soften the natural tannins of red wines.
  • To impart wood flavors to the wine.
  • To allow a limited amount of oxygenation.

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