barrel-front Barrel-aged

The process of aging wines in barrels is crucial to the overall final flavor profile of the wine. Oak offers three major contributions to the wine, detailed below:

Oak adds flavor compounds–including aromas of vanilla, clove, smoke and coconut. Depending on the type of oak used, different flavors tend to be typical. American oak (lending flavors of coconut, dill, baking spices, and vanilla extract) and French oak (creating flavors of dark chocolate, coffee beans, and exotic spices) are the two most common.

Additionally, barrel-aging in oak allows the slow intermingling of oxygen–a process which makes wine taste smoother and less astringent. During the winemaking process, some aeration can be beneficial to the overall finished wine.

And finally, oak provides a suitable environment for certain winemaking practices, such as Malolactic Fermentation, to occur. 

Barrel-aging in oak is a common practice in wine. To taste it in action, check out barrel-aged wines listed on Vinebase below!
Monis Cellars
Santa Barbara "VVS" Syrah, 2018

Syrah · Woody, Earthy, and Fruity · Limited wine (300 cases produced) · Santa Barbara, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
AJA Vineyards
Malibu Coast Syrah, 2014

Syrah · Woody, Fruity, Earthy, Floral, and Bold · Malibu Coast, Los Angeles, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
AJA Vineyards
Malibu Coast Syrah, 2016

Syrah · Earthy and Fruity · Malibu Coast, Los Angeles, California

Other
AJA Vineyards
Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, 2017

California-style Cabernet Sauvignon · Fruity, Earthy, Bold, Complex, and Floral · Super rare wine (25 cases produced) · Malibu Coast, Los Angeles, California

Hand-harvested
Foursight Wines
Sauvignon Blanc, 2018

Bordeaux-style Sauvignon Blanc · Herbaceous, Fresh, Fruity, and Nutty · Limited wine (500 cases produced) · Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Rockets Red Wine
Serenity Farm & Vineyard Rosé Pinot Noir, 2019

Rosé · Fruity and Fresh · Rare wine (90 cases produced) · Edna Valley, San Luis Obispo, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
San Rucci Winery
California Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019

California-style Cabernet Sauvignon · Fruity, Earthy, and Fresh · Limited wine (250 cases produced) · California, California

Barrel-aged
Thumbprint Cellars
Lisa's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016

California-style Cabernet Sauvignon · Earthy and Woody · Rare wine (195 cases produced) · Knights Valley, Sonoma, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Thumbprint Cellars
Sonoma County Redacted, 2016

Red Blend · Earthy and Spicy · Limited wine (268 cases produced) · Sonoma County, California

Other
Fisher Vineyards
"UNITY" Chardonnay, 2017

Burgundy-style Chardonnay · Fresh · Limited wine (685 cases produced) · Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California

Noteworthy Topography
Viñas Zurinaga
Blank Road Estate Pinot Noir, 2014

Burgundy-style Pinot Noir · Balanced and Complex · Rare wine (125 cases produced) · Sonoma Coast, Sonoma, California

Hand-harvested
Seis Soles Wine Co.
Farrah Lodi Red, 2018

California Syrah · Complex, Balanced, and Smoky · Limited wine (300 cases produced) · Lodi, California

Barrel-aged
J. Cage Cellars
Cuvée 42 Pinot Noir, 2019

California-style Pinot Noir · Balanced, Bold, and Spicy · Limited wine (700 cases produced) · Sonoma County, California

Barrel-aged
J. Cage Cellars
El Coro Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2018

California-style Pinot Noir · Spicy, Bold, Fruity, and Balanced · Rare wine (125 cases produced) · Petaluma Gap, Sonoma, California

Barrel-aged
J. Cage Cellars
Wedding Block Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2018

California Pinot Noir · Balanced, Complex, and Fruity · Rare wine (125 cases produced) · Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

Barrel-aged
J. Cage Cellars
Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2018

California-style Pinot Noir · Balanced, Complex, and Savory · Rare wine (125 cases produced) · Green Valley of Russian River, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

Barrel-aged
Byron Blatty
Los Angeles County Evident, 2018

California Syrah · Bold, Spicy, Complex, Fruity, and Oaky · Rare wine (60 cases produced) · Los Angeles County

Organic Farming
Cavaletti Vineyards
Ventura County Syrah Arianna, 2018

Northern Rhône-style Syrah · Earthy, Complex, Gamey, Smoky, and Fruity · Rare wine (100 cases produced) · Ventura County

Barrel-aged
Stedt Wines
Intent Chardonnay, 2018

Chardonnay · Complex and Fruity · Rare wine (135 cases produced) · Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Barrel-aged
Satyr Fire
Poppyfield Gewürztraminer, 2020

Gewürztraminer · Complex, Floral, Fresh, Herbaceous, and Spicy · Super rare wine (25 cases produced) · Columbia Gorge, Columbia Valley, Oregon

Hand-harvested
Stedt Wines
Embody Pinot Gris, 2018

Pinot Gris · Complex, Fruity, and Balanced · Rare wine (140 cases produced) · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Old Vines
Drum Roll Wine
Cabernet Sauvignon Manet, 2017

Cabernet Sauvignon · Balanced and Smoky · Limited wine (200 cases produced) · Columbia Valley, Oregon

Barrel-aged
Two Shepherds
Carignan old vine, 2018

Southern Rhone-style Red · Earthy, Balanced, Fresh, Natural, and Bold · Limited wine (525 cases produced) · Mendocino County, California

Hand-harvested
Two Shepherds
Knights Family Vineyard Syrah, 2018

Northern Rhone-style Red · Earthy, Fresh, Herbaceous, and Savory · Rare wine (50 cases produced) · Sonoma, California

Hand-harvested
Faustini Wines
1023 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017

California Cabernet Sauvignon · Balanced and Complex · Limited wine (236 cases produced) · Napa Valley, Napa, California

Barrel-aged
Maison Areion
Chardonnay, 2018

Chablis-style Chardonnay · Floral and Mineral · Rare wine (98 cases produced) · Santa Cruz Mountains, San Mateo, California

Barrel-aged
Two Shepherds
Pinot Meunier, 2019

Uncommon Red · Earthy, Balanced, Complex, Natural, and Subtle · Limited wine (225 cases produced) · Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

Hand-harvested
District 8
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019

Cabernet Sauvignon · Balanced, Bold, Complex, and Fruity · Central Coast, California

Barrel-aged
PWR Wines
Oberti Vineyard Petite Sirah, 2016

California Petite Sirah · Bold, Complex, and Fruity · Rare wine (197 cases produced) · Suisun Valley, California

Barrel-aged
Solorio Family Wines
Contra Costa Syrah, 2019

Syrah · Fruity, Spicy, Woody, Balanced, and Oaky · Contra Costa, California

Barrel-aged
Surcos Wines
Los Carneros Tempranillo, 2019

Tempranillo · Balanced, Floral, and Fruity · Rare wine (100 cases produced) · Los Carneros, Napa Valley, California

Barrel-aged
Surcos Wines
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019

Cabernet Sauvignon · Balanced, Complex, and Bold · Rare wine (52 cases produced) · Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, Napa, California

Barrel-aged
Bunter Spring Winery
Spring Pinot Noir Pinot Noir Hilltop Ranch Carmel Valley, 2018

Pinot Noir · Balanced, Spicy, and Fruity · Rare wine (107 cases produced) · Monterey, Monterey, California

Barrel-aged
Demeter Family Cellars
Paso Robles Syrah, 2015

Syrah · Complex · Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, California

Barrel-aged
San Rucci Winery
San Benito Montepulciano, 2020

Uncommon Red · Bold, Earthy, and Fruity · Super rare wine (45 cases produced) · San Benito, San Benito, California

Organic Farming
Gonzales Wine Company
Columbia Valley Riesling, 2021

Alsace-style Riesling · Fresh, Floral, and Balanced · Super rare wine (47 cases produced) · Columbia Valley, Oregon

Barrel-aged
PWR Wines
Flocchini Vineyard Syrah, 2020

California Syrah · Bold, Earthy, Complex, and Savory · Rare wine (62 cases produced) · Petaluma Gap, Sonoma, California

Hand-harvested
SummitVine
Iambic Chardonnay, 2020

California Chardonnay · Balanced · Rare wine (52 cases produced) · Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

Other
Gondak Cellars
Grenache Blanc, 2021

Rhône-style White Wine · Balanced · Rare wine (80 cases produced) · Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

Barrel-aged
Gondak Cellars
Collective Efforts Syrah, 2019

Syrah · Balanced · Rare wine (65 cases produced) · Knights Valley, Sonoma, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Parra Wine Co.
Bordeaux Blend, 2020

Bordeaux-style Red Blend · Bold, Fruity, and Balanced · Rare wine (60 cases produced) · Columbia Valley, Oregon

Barrel-aged
Wildflower Winery
Syrah Domani, 2020

Syrah · Balanced · Rare wine (60 cases produced) · Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, California

Barrel-aged
St. Eva Hill Vineyard
Paso Robles Zinfandel Estate, 2019

Zinfandel · Balanced · Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, California

Barrel-aged
St. Eva Hill Vineyard
Paso Robles Biofusion, 2019

Red Blend · Balanced · Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, California

Barrel-aged
St. Eva Hill Vineyard
Petite Sirah Estate, 2019

California Petite Sirah · Balanced · Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, California

Barrel-aged
Rockets Red Wine
Rockets Red Rosé Pinot Noir, 2021

Provence-style Rosé · Bold, Floral, Fresh, and Mineral · Rare wine (140 cases produced) · Santa Barbara County, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
New arrival
Hoi Polloi winery
Triple Exposure Syrah, 2017

Syrah · Balanced · Rare wine (150 cases produced) · California

Barrel-aged
New arrival
Hoi Polloi winery
"Touch of Evil" Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017

Cabernet Sauvignon · Balanced · Limited wine (245 cases produced) · Paso Robles Estrella District, Paso Robles, California

Barrel-aged
New arrival
Hoi Polloi winery
Two Guns, 2014

Red Blend · Balanced · Limited wine (244 cases produced) · Paso Robles Estrella District, Paso Robles, California

Barrel-aged
New arrival
Hoi Polloi winery
Angel Face, 2017

Red Blend · Balanced · Rare wine (52 cases produced) · Central Coast, California

Barrel-aged
New arrival
Satyr Fire
Nectar Flow Myriad White, 2021

Alsace-style Riesling · Earthy, Mineral, Fruity, Spicy, and Floral · Rare wine (50 cases produced) · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Barrel-aged
New arrival
Social Creatures
Hannah Chenin Blanc, 2021

Chenin Blanc · Fresh, Mineral, and Saline · San Benito, California

Barrel-aged
New arrival
Social Creatures
Egon Cabernet Franc, 2021

Cabernet Franc · Balanced, Earthy, and Herbaceous · San Benito, California

Barrel-aged

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