One of the most iconic symbols of winemaking is undoubtedly the oak barrel. Every year, we retire a certain percentage of our oak barrels, meaning that new barrels will need to be acquired for the next vintage. Ideally, the new barrels arrive at the winery just before harvest begins. We’ve been busy with deliveries of brand new french oak barrels from some of our favorite coopers. Nadalie, Tonnellerie Berger, and Vicard were all delivered in the past week. They’ve been unwrapped, sorted, and are resting comfortably in the cave. In just a matter of weeks, these 59-gallon casks will be imparting the nuances of the wood and toast level into the 2023 vintage wines!
We’ve also cleared the space around the concrete egg, which is hidden in a secluded corner of the cave. This tank will hold some of our white wines for a period of time after pressing. The concrete has a natural porosity, just like a barrel, but it imparts no flavors into the wine. The result is a smooth, harmonious wine that retains the personality and character of the fruit.