after a little more research and the Norther website, it looks like its normal. I guess I need to just bottle and give it time... one of the ratings on the site is as follows.
My go to red wine preference Review by MiTreats
I've made this twice and at the price, $3 per bottle, it's hard to go wrong. You're able to drink this right on bottling day when it'll be more fruity. The longer it ages the less prominent is the berry flavor, and the pepper and oak begin to show. Two to three years is probably the preferred time to drink it but it's hard to wait! (Posted on 7/27/10)