I made a Winexpert merlot kit. It’s been a couple months of work and I bottled it tonight. I had 23 full bottles and about a half left over. As I worked on the wine, the flavor has been pretty stable. It’s not that good and I’m curious if this is normal for a kit, if I screwed something up, or if the wine just needs time to age.
There are almost no tannins. I guess I would expect a young wine to be very heavy on the tannins. I guess I get a little tannin when I slosh it in my mouth a lot.
The oak is extremely heavy. The recipe came with oak powder and oak cubes. Maybe it’s just too much in the recipe?
The nose is sharply sweet. This may be an effect of the oaking. The wine is definitely fully fermented to dryness. The sweetness is also on the tongue, but to not as much a degree as the nose.
The flavor is very grape. Not much else going on. It tastes like oak cubes and grapes.
The wine doesn’t appear to be damaged. There’s no taste of oxygenation. No foul smells, just a really badly balanced wine.
How much should I expect things to improve in the bottle over the 3 months I plan to leave it untouched?
There’s a brew store down the street with a wine guy. I’m thinking of taking some of it there to get feedback and suggestions.