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Should I purchase American oak or French oak?

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American oak tends to work better with wines that are heavy in tannin content and that require a shorter aging process.  In general, American oak reduces the harshness of a wine quite fast, and is great for wines that will fully age in 6-12 months.  French oak tends to work better with wines that are light in tannin content and that require a longer aging process (greater than 1 year).  They take longer to reduce the harshness of a wine, but the French oak infusion tends to impart a more complex flavor profile to the wine.
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