Barrels have remained nearly identical in their form for centuries, and while quality and consistency in wooden cooperage have increased, the nature of using wood exclusively for quality wine storage and maturation remains fundamentally antiquated.
So much of the wine world has changed and updated, and Modern Cooperage brings wine maturation fully into the 21st century, with significant quality-of-life improvements for winemakers, positive ecological impact for the planet, and significant cost savings on material and labor, all without compromising on any of the quality that makes wines matured in traditional cooperage so magical.
Taking learnings from the first generation certain design modifications were made for effective methods for oak flavor extraction.
A passive oxygen permeable membrane designed to allow the slow controlled transfer of oxygen to facilitate the polymerization of phenolic compounds.
Over the last decade, the Modern Cooperage team has worked to perfect their innovative, modern barrel design. Jon Roleder, originally a manufacturing engineer, decided to apply his mechanical and material science background to making the future of cooperage. After a decade of research and iteration, the result is our fifth generation barrel.
The advantages of the Modern Cooperage barrel are myriad, but all stem from our essential belief that wine fermentation, maturation, and storage can be efficient and ecologically sound, while also improving the aesthetic impact that wood can have on a finished wine.
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