Winemaker Trial: Does Stabulation Build Palate Weight and Structure in Syrah Rosé?
Partially as a result of a two-year trial using stabulation, winemaker Leah Adint pinpointed the right combination of mouthfeel, palate weight, temperature and color extraction and learned what works best and what doesn't for Rosé.
Winemaker Trials: Using Eclat Barrels to Achieve Varied Phenolic Levels and Sensory Characteristics in Willow Creek Chardonnay
Curious about the phenolic impact of ceramic toasted barrels versus hydro toasted barrels, winemaker Mark Welch decided to test both barrel's impacts on single-vineyard Chardonnay from the Willow Creek AVA. In this trial, Welch tests a Chardonnay aged in a blend of the two barrels against a Chardonnay aged exclusively in Eclat ceramic toasted barrel.
Winemaker Trials: Using Leaf Pull to Increase Thiols in Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc is an uncommon variety in Oregon's Willamette Valley--so the wine studies program chair of Chemeketa Community College decided to lead his students in a study to discover how, if at all, leaf pull at fruit set can increase the fruit's aromatic compounds.