Originally Posted by Tusch
Besides the fact that she appears to have missed that you are using french oak, Yooper is spot on.
Oh, Duh! Well, I'm cute, but nobody ever said I was particularly bright!
French oak is more "gentle" and it is smoother, but still can be overoaked, and then take years to age out!
The consensus, though, is to taste weekly. Not a real scientific way, I guess, but winemaking is more of an art than a science in many ways anyway.