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The downfall of barrel samples

By Jessica Yadegaran
Monday, September 25th, 2006 at 9:53 am in Uncategorized.

Someone recently asked me what a barrel sample is. When you go to a winery, sometimes they will offer a taste of the wine while it’s aging in the barrel. Yes, the wine is going to taste very young, so you shouldn’t judge that as the final wine, but rather as its potential. By the time it makes it into the bottle, it’s going to change significantly. Not to mention the fact that, if the wine in the bottle was cabernet sauvingnon, they may add some cab franc to it.

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