Written by Aaron Menenberg for The Cork Report
“Catoctin Breeze Vineyard isn’t your typical winery. One of the first things you notice is that there are no stainless tanks in the winery. Zero stainless tanks. They started with plastic puncheons, and it worked for them. It still works for them. So, no stainless tanks, at least not now. Maybe later. Maybe.
For their first vintage, they used all new American oak on their reds, and they liked the result. So, every vintage since then, they’ve used new American oak. They’ve tried a few French and hybrid barrels, but they like the American ones. And since they liked the effect of new barrels the first few years, they plan to stick with an emphasis on new wood. Maybe they’ll wind down the percentage of new oak in the future. Maybe later. Maybe…” Click here to continue reading on The Cork Report website!