Never one to adhere to convention, C. Elizabeth is barrel aged in select American oak.
In order to achieve a specific, richer palate expression, we have created a rigorous barrel program – one which allows us to handpick and remove various barrels during the blending process. While this may seem extreme for a micro lot single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon program, we believe it is essential in achieving our goal.
Through our trials with the barrel program for C. Elizabeth, we have zeroed in on few select cooperages, with Pennsylvania and Missouri oak rising to the top. We age all of our barrels for a minimum of 3-4 years giving them a more subtle profile allowing us to achieve the proper balance of tannins and accents in the finished wine. Additionally, for our Pennsylvania barrels, the cooperage goes the extra mile to meet our exacting standards – creating specific, small pore American oak barrels with water bent staves that enhance and help deliver the C. Elizabeth Cabernet Sauvignon flavor profile we love.