OK, I began my process using Merlot grapes back in 10-2008 and I've got my wine stored up in carboys and sulfited. Twice racked and all appears to be well. Since I have never ventured into wine making myself previously I have some concerns. Firstly, I've tasted the wine and it has a nice aroma but a bitter taste. Does this mean it's just not ready yet? Or is it a potential problem? Second, how long does it take before I can expect to have this process completed so I can drink the wine? I was told previously that it may take up to a year. Is this accurate? Thanks for any help you can provide.