Greg Schultz
 
October 29, 2013 | Greg Schultz

2013 Harvest

Work continues on vineyard development…

but for this blog I want to talk briefly about the 2013 harvest.  As a Harvest Intern at Belle Fiore Winery in Ashland, I am more fully appreciating the tremendous amount of work involved in this exciting part of winemaking.  It is a great “hands on” experience, and it’s not over yet!

The 2013 growing season was marked by very long dry periods, smoke from the southern Oregon forest fires, and late season rains.  Harvest has been “on again, off again” and “hurry up and wait” as the weather forecasts have swung wildly by the day.  We are very pleased with the high quality of fruit we received.

(2013 Merlot)

Regarding the 2013 Schultz Wines vintages, we purchased 6 tons of fruit this year—all from Steelhead Run Vineyard in the Applegate Valley.  In the coming two years, we will produce about 400 cases of premium small-lot wines, each native yeast-fermented and barrel-aged at Pallet Wine Company in Medford.

For 2013, we will be making our fourth vintages of Chardonnay and Merlot and our third vintages of Viognier and Syrah.  New for 2013, we are excited to be adding Pinot gris to our portfolio.  We are working with Linda Donovan of Pallet to produce a complex, balanced Pinot gris with great mouth feel by completing native yeast and ML fermentation on the lees in neutral oak barrels—can’t wait!

 

Cheers!

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