Barrel Aging

Make Great Wine Even Better!

Oak barrel aging can improve the quality of your wine. Oak’s delicate vanilla scent and complex toastiness enhances the fruit flavours and aromas already present. In addition, even a short time in a barrel can mature a wine faster than a longer period of time in a regular carboy. Oak barrel aging can turn an average wine into a prizewinner and is often a common denominator in wines that reach beyond the ordinary.

Commonly, only full-bodied red wines and richly flavoured whites (such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc) are used for Barrel Aging. To a red, it gives a softness and complexity that adds great character. For some whites, it can increase aromatic qualities that make the wine truly special. The natural process of evaporation allows the wine to concentrate its flavor and aroma. As well, small amounts of oxygen are allowed to pass through the barrel and acts as a softening agent upon the tannins of the wine.

Just Fine Wine offers select varieties for Barrel Aging, available systematically throughout the year ~ typically every two to three months. The program is open to anyone and is especially popular with true wine lovers. The wines selected for the program are of the top caliber and the process is an additional $50 per batch (23 Litres). Availability is limited and space fills up quickly, so be sure to inquire about reserving yours today.

Now Taking Orders For:

  • SELECTION California Chardonnay
    • Medium-full bodied and dry, Selection California Chardonnay displays characteristics full of citrus and tropical fruit flavours and warm vanilla oak. Definitely a wine for red meat, it is adaptable enough to stand up to spicy cuisines, such as Mexican, Cajun, Indian, Thai or Italian, working especially well with barbecue and other hard to pair meat-based dishes.
  • SELECTION Argentine Malbec
    • Selection Argentine Malbec is a medium/full-bodied, dry red wine with firm acidity, rich tannins and generous alcohol levels. Dark, inky purple colour and ripe fruit flavours of plums, black cherry and blackberry give an almost jammy character on the palate. Smoke, earth, leather, wild game, tobacco and white/black pepper along with intriguingly spicy notes make for an interesting medley of aromas and flavours, adding to layers of complexity. Definitely a wine for red meat, it is adaptable enough to stand up to spicy cuisines, such as Mexican, Cajun, Indian, Thai or Italian, working especially well with barbecue and other hard to pair meat-based dishes.
  • ECLIPSE Napa Valley Stag’s Leap District Merlot
    • Year after year, our best selling wine. Stag’s Leap Merlot outsells the next most popular wine by almost two to one. Light warm oak accentuates a spicy aroma with a soft, supple and fruity palate of plums and red berries. Rich, round flavour provides an elegant lingering finish. One of our best values, as Stag’s Leap Merlot was recently going for $45 plus per bottle (and that is before taxes) in wine stores!
  • SELECTION Whisky Barrel Cab Merlot (SOLD OUT)
    • Following up last year’s very successful Dry Creek Valley Bourbon Barrel Zin Cab is Selection Whisky Barrel Cab Merlot. This combination of British Columbia Cabernet Sauvignon (Yes! Finally, a wine from BC!) and Merlot from California presents ripe berry fruit flavours with structured tannins and high acidity. A blend of peated and unpeated oak chips from genuine Whisky barrels adds nuances of vanilla, tobacco and spice.
      Body: Full | Sweetness: Dry | Oak: Whisky Barrel | ABV: 13%
  • ECLIPSE Limited Release 3 Moons Cabernet Sauvignon
    • The grapes for this premium limited release wine were sourced from three carefully selected wine growing regions: Italy, California, and Australia. Characteristics from each region play off each other for a truly unique Cabernet Sauvignon experience. This wine will be full bodied, deep ruby–red in color, and will feature notes of Blackberry, Cassis and Cedar.

Contact Just Fine Wine today to reserve yours.