The use of oak plays a significant role in wine making and can have a profound effect on the resulting wine, affecting the color, flavor, tannin profile and texture of the wine. Oak can come into contact with wine in the form of a barrel during the fermentation or aging periods. It can be introduced to the wine in the form of free-floating oak chips or as wood staves (or sticks) added to wine in a fermentation vessel like stainless steel. The use of oak barrels can impart other qualities to wine through the processes of evaporation and low level exposure to oxygen.
At the Copper Kettle we are very excited to offer Barrel Aging for our highest quality red and whitewines. For an extra dollar a bottle ($30 a batch), you end up with a wine that has been aged in American Oak for a whole 3 months!