This week at Robert Biale Vineyards we will be RACKING.
What is Racking?
Racking refers to the process of transferring wine out of the barrel, into tank, then back to barrel.
When do we do it?
Once immediately following completion of malolactic fermentation, then as needed as determined by tasting.
Why do we do it?
Racking is performed to gently aerate maturing wine, helping to open aromas, broaden the palate and refine structure. Racking has the secondary benefit of naturally clarifying wine, removing clear wine from sediment at the bottom of barrels.