Thanks for all the great comments!
MrOrange - I'm very intrigued, my original thought was to try this as a wine and maybe do a mead in a year or two, I've never tried mead before. This year the entire batch of Nanking Cherries that I didn't share with the birds came to about 18# which was about perfect for a 5 gallon batch.
Yooper - thank you, I'm very encouraged. I will try a bottle next Christmas and plan on letting the remainder rest another year or so. After reading the 'Aging My Wine
' post I'm even more encouraged about letting some of this rest for a couple or more years. This wine looks beautiful in the carboy after first racking - it will be fun watching it clear over the months. It already has another 1/4"+ of lees in the bottom after racking it last night, Should I give it another 30 days before racking again?
nwaite - LOL.. 23%?!? I don't feel so bad now. Strong or not - if the taste is enjoyable I'll be happy.
I appreciate all your input - Cheers!