I bought a cheap 1 gallon WE Merlot kit over the summer to mess around with. I fermented with the included oak dust and BM4x4, and everything went smoothly. SG stabilized at 0.996 after about 2 months, so I did a quick 3-day cold crash in my fridge to speed the clearing and then added 1/4 spiral of Heavy French oak and some Jack Daniel's barrel chips. They were removed in early November (after about 2 months in there) and the wine has been bulk aging since. After sitting for so long, it degassed naturally and has been kmeta'd normally. I have to say the nose is fantastic with vanilla, caramel, chocolate, oaky notes. But when actually tasting it, I get very little flavor. There some hints of typical red wine flavors and oak as well, but it tastes like a very watered-down red wine. Like you took a cup of water and added an ounce or two of wine to it. The finish is okay, but there is a bit of tartness that I'm not a fan of. Overall, the batch is currently about 5 months from pitch. I'm not expecting anything fantastic (especially since it's a cheap kit), but I'm surprised by the extreme lack of flavor on the palate. Looking at threads here, people talk about a wine being "young" but to me that implies there is at least some flavor there. Did I over-oak or something? Or will time bring back those flavors?