Barrel Reserve Merlot
At SilverStone our Winemaker has chosen to use oak barrels just
enough to enhance the flavors of his Merlot to without allowing the
oak to dominate the varietal character. This requires careful
attention to fermentation and to aging. Each wine is tasted
repeatedly to determine how much of the oak has influenced the
flavor. Only an experienced winemaker, tasting from barrel, can
predict what the wine will be like when all of the flavors have been
harmonized after the wine has been bottled and held for additional
maturing in the bottle.
SilverStone varietal wines respect the special character in
varietal wines which is derived from being held in oak barrels.
"It's the Oak" is a promise to strike the right balance between
varietal intensity - the true flavor of the grape when harvested -
and the vanilla/spice flavors which derive from contact with oak.
Wine in barrels is constantly changing as it matures, and the
winemaker must observe each barrel individually, because each barrel
is subtly different from it's neighbors in the cellars. (Just as no
two trees are exactly alike, no two barrels made from oak staves are
the same; each will mature the wine it contains differently from
another barrel.) As always the objective of oak aging at SilverStone
is to enhance varietal flavor and not to mask it; we seek to add
complexity, but not to taste of oak.