We went ahead and have dropped both staves into the bottles and will keep them in there for a minimum of 2 weeks. This will impart the maximum flavoring and toast and we can then determine if we need to lighten it up for the actual wine. After two or so weeks we will sample the 8 bottles and determine which one is best to move forward.
You may wonder why we are not using barrels for oaking. The simple answer is the cost and space. Barrels are a costly item for a new winery plus we wanted to make sure before we purchase them that we have our space planned out. Staves do a great job of imparting flavors like barrels do at a fraction of the cost. So this vintage we went with staves, but I am sure we will be investing in barrels in the near future as money allows.
So there you have a little insight into our winemaking process.We will keep you posted on our trials.