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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!
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Monis Cellars
Santa Barbara "VVS" Syrah, 2018

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

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AJA Vineyards
Malibu Coast Syrah, 2014

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

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AJA Vineyards
Malibu Coast Syrah, 2016

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

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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

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Final Girl Wines
Red Blend "Tethered", 2018

GSM Blend · Spicy, Earthy, Fruity, and Complex · Rare wine (105 cases produced) · Santa Maria Valley, San Luis Obispo, California

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Foursight Wines
Sauvignon Blanc, 2018

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

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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

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San Rucci Winery
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019

California-style Cabernet Sauvignon · Fruity and Earthy · Rare wine (56 cases produced) · Central Valley, California

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Thumbprint Cellars
Lisa's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016

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

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Thumbprint Cellars
Sonoma County Redacted, 2016

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

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Resolution Wines
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon · Fruity · Rare wine (60 cases produced) · Napa Valley, Napa, California

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Fisher Vineyards
"UNITY" Chardonnay, 2017

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

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Bee Hunter Wine
Rosé Pinot Noir Docker Hill Vineyard, 2015

California Rosé · Complex, Balanced, and Savory · Rare wine (145 cases produced) · Mendocino, California

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ThereAfter Wine Company
ThereAfter Sauvignon Blanc, 2019

Loire-style Sauvignon Blanc · Mineral, Floral, and Fresh · Rare wine (100 cases produced) · Contra Costa, California

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Viñas Zurinaga
Blank Road Estate Pinot Noir, 2014

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

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Medlock Ames
Bell Mountain Chardonnay, 2018

California Chardonnay · Balanced, Nutty, Oaky, and Savory · Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

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Seis Soles Wine Co.
Farrah Lodi Red, 2018

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

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J. Cage Cellars
Cuvée 42 Pinot Noir, 2019

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

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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

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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

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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

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Byron Blatty
Los Angeles County Evident, 2018

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

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Cavaletti Vineyards
Ventura County Syrah Arianna, 2018

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

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Stedt Wines
Intent Chardonnay, 2018

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

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Satyr Fire
Rusted Cutlass Riesling, 2020

Alsace-style Riesling · Balanced, Fruity, Fresh, Floral, and Mineral · Super rare wine (25 cases produced) · McMinnville, Willamette Valley, Oregon

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Satyr Fire
Poppyfield Gewürztraminer, 2020

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

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Stedt Wines
Embody Pinot Gris, 2018

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

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Drum Roll Wine
Cabernet Sauvignon Manet, 2017

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

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Koehler Estate Winery
Reserve Grenache, 2014

Grenache · Balanced, Bold, and Complex · Santa Ynez, California

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Two Shepherds
Carignan old vine, 2018

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

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Two Shepherds
Knights Family Vineyard Syrah, 2018

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

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Two Shepherds
Pinot Meunier, 2019

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

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District 8
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019

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

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PWR Wines
Oberti Vineyard Petite Sirah, 2016

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

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Maison Areion
Chardonnay, 2018

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

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