I don't have a direct answer for your question, but I have read a little about oaking. It seems there are a few variables to consider.
is the barrel toasted? To what degree? There are a few levels of toasting and each will have different effect. Also the size of the barrel comes into play, the ratio of wine in contact with the barrel. Then there's what you actually expect in the end, what flavors do you want from the barrel?
Sorry for (not) answering with more questions, but barrel aging is something I'd like to consider as well. I'm doing as much research as I can before even buying a barrel. The most I gathered from what I have read, as far as how "long" to age it is taste it every so often till you achieve the desired result. Having read a bit from Maker's Mark's website, they do exactly that, there is no specified time period for aging bourbon. They have certified tasters that say yay or nay. I don't see how this would be much different for wines.