• Is Oak Over?

    2 monthes ago - By Vine Pair

    When you get serious about wine, the first thing you learn to hate is the taste of new oak. It's a childish taste, haughty sommeliers sniff, and only unsophisticated people like it.
    This is a relatively new mandate. In the bad old days of the 1990s and early noughties, when American critics held immense sway over collectors' tastes and wallets, new oak plus super-ripe fruit were paramount for red wines. Oak was a critical component of the sweet, rich style of top California Chardonnays during this period, too.
    Nowadays, trend-setting somms hate those oaky, ripe wines, and the hippest...
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