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It's interesting how the same species grown in reatively the same area of France can have such different qualities.
I thought the same thing. Slightly different soil, weather, elevation, etc, etc, etc has influence. Just like grapes.
 

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It's my understanding that barrels for wine or any other alcohol are almost always white oak as opposed to red oak as white oak is much less prone to decay and is a much harder wood to begin with. While wine makers look for specific characteristics woodworkers look for other characteristics. I like the ray flecks in oak. It's always such a beautiful look.
 

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It's my understanding that barrels for wine or any other alcohol are almost always white oak as opposed to red oak as white oak is much less prone to decay and is a much harder wood to begin with. While wine makers look for specific characteristics woodworkers look for other characteristics. I like the ray flecks in oak. It's always such a beautiful look.
From what I understand, they don't use red oak because it imparts a cat pee type of smell. I may have that confused with something else. Wine is involved.
 

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