“Whole cluster pressed, settled overnight and racked to barrel for non-inoculated primary and secondary fermentation. Barrel aged 14 months, racked twice, assembled and tank aged for 2 months prior to bottling.”

Last week, I began to tease out the information contained in this not-so-simple little sentence. It's a fairly typical example of a good, informative wine bottle back label. It shows that the winery is really trying to help the consumer by offering all these winemaking details, but what does it really mean? To decipher this sort of wine speak, one needs to have a good understanding of the vocabulary of winemaking, which is often complex, and highly confusing!