The impact of aging in the right barrels should not be understated.
My extensive experience with French oak barrels has given me a rare understanding of the balance of the wine and the wood; never to overpower but to create texture and nuance.
We use 50 to 60% new French Oak barrels and the remaining barrels used only once before. The process of aging in barrels can be 19 to 24 months. We taste the wines monthly to watch how the wine is aging and the wood is integrating. The change of the wine from month-to-month with the slow maturity of the wine tannins and the integration of French oak barrels is a pleasure to savor.