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Are stainless steel wine barrels only good for specific wines, or are they general-purpose?


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Lucas Brewer from Quality Wine Barrels

Previous answer all accurate. Would just add that some varietals, especially whites, sometimes see no oak whatsoever. For instance, viognier was traditionally done in stainless (no oak) to preserve the bright, acidic, fruity character. Recently wineries are experimenting with mild oak to produce a different viognier character. 

Jan 15, 2015

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Stainless steel barrels are becoming increasingly popular because the economics involved are very attractive.  Steel wine barrels tend to be much cheaper than their oak counterparts.  However, among the winery community there is an open debate as to whether or not the "traditional" wine barrel aging process that occurs in oak barrels can be replicated in steel barrels.  Using oak chips and micro-oxidation processes, many wineries have very successfully been using steel barrels in their production process and have been able to replicate many of the phenolic compounds that would result from oak barrels.  

A lot of wineries also use stainless steel barrels when the oak notes are not desired in the wine.

Oct 3, 2013

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