Barrel Aging White Wine
The Importance of Barrel Aging White Wine
Most of these wines were fermented in the same barrels, often aged “sur lie” meaning they are left in contact with the dead yeast cells. Wines aged sur lie have a bready, yeasty flavor to them that can also be detected on the bouquet.
White wine aged in oak barrels will slightly oxidize, making the core a little darker and the rim a bit orange-brown. Barrels can also be toasted to impart additional flavors into the wine.
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