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Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Petrus61, Aug 6, 2014.
This is the new state of the art winery of Antinori in Italy
Nice, but those barrels look a bit too new, not sure what the wine will be like.
The wines are very good, Tignanello, Solaia etc etc. The proportion of new oak is very well controlled - they have over 1000 hectares so a few new barrels goes along way
the new barrels in the first pic are actually Vin Santo so they will age in barrel for 3 years - any new oak flavours will have mellowed dramatically - the majority of oak flavour is imparted in the first 3 months. This then mellows over the ageing process - recently did a tasting in Chateauneuf du Pape where a wine and been aged for 4 years in 100% new oak and the oaks flavours had completely disappeared.
From all my past winery visits, new barrels, after the interiors are seared, have always been set aside and 'seasoned' so to speak, so that the fresh oak doesn't overpower the wine. There was a fad here a while ago where everyone was seasoning white wine in oak (bloody awful it was) and new oak made the wine even worse.
From your handle, I'd presume you like to drink the good (expensive) stuff. I'm more of a Burgundy and Rhone guy personally.
Me too lived in burgundy for 10 years - Coche , roulot, Rousseau DRC etc
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Love the architecture, cool shots!
Beautiful. Visited Poggio di Sotto in May. Might look through the pictures and see if there's anything share worthy.