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Explanation: Traditionally wine barrels are made of oak which give flavour and character to the wine matured in them, hence "oak character" or "oak flavour".
A wine cask is something else.
if the word "barrel" is not specifically mentioned on the label then chances are, the wine's oak character has been imparted using one of a myriad of non barrel oaking methods.
The majority of oak flavoring is imparted in the first few months that the wine is in contact with oak but a longer term exposure can affect the wine through the light aeration that the barrel allows/.../
Charles Ek United States Local time: 12:38 Native speaker of: English
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