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 Reservations For:

  • Winexpert LE20 Italian Nerello (Only 1 Remaining!)
    • Grown on the slopes of an active volcano, Nerello is a wine that knows how to get your attention and keep it. Appealing aromas of cherry, strawberry and rose unfold into juicy red berry and crushed strawberry flavours with hints of cinnamon and herbs. Sleek and savoury with earthy and mineral nuances, fresh acidity and smooth, polished tannins.
  • Winexpert Private Reserve Sonoma Dry Creek Valley Chardonnay (Only 2 Remaining!)
    • Fruit shines through with gentle citrus aromas and generous tropical fruit flavours. Rich mouthfeel with vanilla undertones contribute to a fresh, well-balanced wine. A rich, round mouthfeel lingers to a long, crisp finish accented with a subtle touch of oak.
  • Limited Release Winexpert Reserve Italian Dolcetto
    • One of Italy’s best kept secrets presents juicy black cherry and blackberry flavours with notes of vanilla, violet, licorice, and spice. Rich and round with a characteristic almond note on the finish. Available for the first time since 2009!
  • Winexpert Reserve Australian  Chardonnay (Only 2 Remaining!)
    • Fruit shines through with gentle citrus aromas and generous tropical fruit flavours. Rich mouthfeel with vanilla undertones contribute to a fresh, well-balanced wine. A rich, round mouthfeel lingers to a long, crisp finish accented with a subtle touch of oak.
  • Limited Release Winexpert Private Reserve (TO BE ANNOUNCED) with Grape Skins
    • The details are still under wraps but this year’s limited release Private Reserve wine is sure to continue the tradition of greatness set by past wines such as Fiero, 3 Moons Cabernet, Forza and others.
  • Winexpert Reserve Argentine Malbec
    • Full-bodied, dry red wine with firm acidity, and rich, bold tannins. Dark, inky purple colour with notes of ripe red and black berries, a hint of baking spice and a touch of smoke. 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. It’s been a couple of years since we’ve barrel aged this fan favourite.
  • Winexpert Private Reserve French Bordeaux with Grape Skins
    • This is the very first time this new wine has been offered in the oak barrels! 90% of the wines from Bordeaux are red and contain Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. In fact both Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon originate from Bordeaux, France. This full bodied classic showcases plum, black currant, and red berries with warm spice character. Followed by subtle notes of cedar and chocolate. Smooth and silky from start to finish.
  • Winexpert Private Reserve Italian Amarone with Grape Skins
    • From Veneto, Italian Amarone is a spectacular partnership of grape varietals and includes grape skins for added depth. Deep ruby colour with rich aromas of dark fruit and spice combined with layers of cherry, plum, mocha, dried fruit flavours, warm oak and a firm, lingering finish. Known as Italy’s most powerful wine, it is renowned as a full-bodied, rich wine that achieves intensity from the unique process of partially drying the grapes before fermentation. Commercially, Amarone starts at about $50 a bottle!

Contact Just Fine Wine today to reserve yours.