Impact of Taransaud Oak Barrels on Girard Cabernet Sauvignon

We caught up with winemaker, Glenn Hugo, a couple of weeks ago in the cellar and he gave us a quick education on the use of oak barrels from several different coopers when aging our mountain designate Cabernet Sauvignon, including Mt. Veeder.  This is the first video in a series, so check back soon for the next lesson.  Here, Glenn introduces Taransaud, one of the more expensive barrels in Girard’s arsenal.  Have any questions about oak or aging?  Let us know in the comment sections and we’ll have Glenn give a response!

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2 Responses to “Impact of Taransaud Oak Barrels on Girard Cabernet Sauvignon”

  1. Todd Bishop
    July 31, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    I’m sure you will be covering this soon but I’m very interested in what happens to the barrel after it’s first use. It’s no longer “New oak”.

  2. Girard Winery
    July 31, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    Todd, that is a great question! Perfect for another blog topic from Glenn. We do continue to use oak after its first use and the “useful life” of a barrel can be up to 5 years where no more oak is really imparted on the wine. We keep using barrels of varying ages to provide some options during blending. We will queue up Glenn to go into this in more detail… stay tuned!


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