Greg Schultz
April 19, 2012 | News and Updates | Greg Schultz

We bottled our 2010 Merlot last week!

In 2010 when we started Schultz Wines, we made two of our favorite wines—Chardonnay and Merlot—(we thought we would probably drink most of it ourselves so we better make something we like). The Chardonnay was bottled June, 2011, and to date we have given away, sold, or personally consumed :) more than half of the 89 cases produced. It was a great first wine and we could not have been more pleased. Likewise, we are very excited about the 72 cases of Merlot that we just bottled. For fun, we brought several bottles to last weekend’s Medford Pear-a-Fare, a local spring festival, where we offered “Bottled yesterday!” to anyone brave enough to try a very young red. Many people were adventurous and most gave it thumbs up. It won’t be ready to release for about three months, but it is quite evident that the wine is going to be excellent—medium body with cherry notes.

Why will the Merlot not be ready to release for three months? Well, the wine really doesn’t like being bottled. Think about what a plant goes through when you re-pot it—it goes into “shock” and sort of shuts down. Wine does the same thing. It has been happily maturing in some nice, dark, quiet, air-free barrels and all of a sudden it gets pumped, sloshed, shoved into a bottle, and put into a box. And it doesn’t help that, no matter how hard you try, the wine is going to be exposed to a little oxygen—and it does not like that.

But, just like a carefully moved plant, the wine will recover. After a few months, the aging process resumes, and for the next several years the wine will improve—it will soften, grow more complex, and feel better in your mouth. Red wines especially age well thanks to compounds in the skins and seeds called “phenols”.  Having just completed the Winemakers Certificate program at UC Davis Extension and having been a career chemical engineer, I find the contribution of phenols to the wine most interesting. In fact, I think they will be the subject of my next blog.


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Charles & Sylvia Waters
@ Apr 21, 2012 at 1:59 PM
We liked your first blog.It sounds like you are really enjoying doing this. Did they teach wines at UT?

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Terry Kelly
@ Apr 21, 2012 at 2:19 PM
Very cool! Congratulations

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Joanne Guyton
@ Apr 21, 2012 at 5:00 PM
Greg, I had some of your chardonnay on Easter Sunday at your mom's and dad's. It ws great. I'm not sure you will get this. I've never blogged before and am not on Facebook, etc. I'm so glad you and Debbie are enjoying your new home.

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Jim McCauley
@ Apr 21, 2012 at 6:24 PM
Greg: We're proud of you all.......Your mom and Dad brought us a bottle and it was wonderful... thanks for being wonderful family friends .........Jim & Marge McCauley

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Ann &jim Patton
@ Apr 21, 2012 at 7:28 PM
Congratulations!!!!.We keep up with your venture with your parents and wish you much success.Hope they will bring some to Montana this summer. Ann &Jimmy

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Liz Schultz Gerlach
@ Apr 21, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Love the Chardonnay! Need to order more before it's all gone. So excited for your new venture and life in the West. Looking forward to helping with the new house. Liz

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Calvin and Joy Fabre
@ Apr 22, 2012 at 5:40 PM
Excellent News and thanks for the informative background on bottling. I can't wait to get our hands on the merlot.

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Sian Hunter
@ Apr 23, 2012 at 6:46 AM
Hooray!!! Congrats to you both. And bring on the phenols post--can't wait to learn more!

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Jack & Jean McCord
@ Apr 25, 2012 at 7:45 PM
Congratulations! We're anxious to sample the Chardonnay. Your folks keep us posted on your latest venture and we're happy for both of you. Hope to see you in Mt.

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