How can you tell if wine is oaked?
When reading tasting notes, look for descriptors such as “crisp,” “refreshing” or “vibrant” to suggest unoaked Chardonnays, while oaked wines might be described with “toast” or “vanilla.”
What wines are oaky?
In white wines, particularly Chardonnay, American oak can come across as popcorn and toffee, while French oak results in gentle nuttiness and slight smoke. The affinity between oak and Chardonnay is so great that oak flavors are often taken as a marker for the grape itself.
Is Chardonnay always oaked?
American Chardonnays are almost always oaked, which is why they’re known for that buttery creaminess, and European Chardonnays are steel-aged and tend towards those bright apple and citrus flavors.
What is the difference between oaked and unoaked wine?
The difference between oaked and unoaked chardonnay is that oaked chardonnay is aged in new oak barrels, while unoaked is not. When chardonnay spends time in oak barrels instead of steel or plastic tanks, the oak imparts flavors into the wine that resemble sweet vanilla, caramel, and butter. Yes, butter.
What does oaked wine taste like?
Oak imparts spicy flavors — clove, nutmeg (wood spice), vanilla. Barrels are made by treating wood staves with fire, and winemakers can order light, medium or heavy “toast” to accentuate the flavors.
Does white wine go in barrels?
But it’s how our winemakers use those barrels that have dramatically changed the fortunes of our white wines. While red wines are typically fermented in tanks then aged in oak, whites (especially chardonnay) spend both the fermentation and the ageing processes in a barrel.
What type of wine won’t give you a headache?
Drink: Sauvignon Blanc
If drinking wine gives you symptoms like congestion or headaches it might just be histamines are the culprit. Try drinking dry whites like Sauvignon Blanc or sparkling wines like Cava or Prosecco as they are lower in histamines than red wines.
Is oaked or unoaked Chardonnay better?
If you love a light white wine with floral notes and fruits then unoaked Chardonnay is perfect for you. This style of wine is fermented in stainless steel instead of oak barrels, and since it doesnt rely on the oak for taste it has more fresh fruit flavors and less of a toasty vanilla flavor.