Jolie-Laide

Winery History
Jolie-Laide started out as a one-man operation based in Sebastopol, California. In his first vintage, Scott Schultz made 500 cases of wine and has slowly ramped that up to about 3000 cases.  Today, it is a family affair with his wife Jenny Schultz also behind the helm.  One of the things that makes California’s wine scene so inspiring is the freedom that so many young winemakers have to embark on their own projects. Of course, not all of these prove to be a success, but Jolie Laide did so with the full backing and confidence of Pax Mahle (one of the state’s star winemakers and owner of the Wind Gap label).

Scott continues to work alongside Pax, but his Jolie-Laide label has already turned enough heads to suggest that the wines will go on to become some of the most sought-after in the state, electrifying the palates of those lucky enough to try them. Production is microscopic and collectors and sommeliers are falling over themselves to get an allocation. The tension, complexity and concentration of the wines is such, that it is no surprise Scott is being heralded as one of California’s most exciting winemakers.

Viticulture/Winemaking Style
The winemaking style at Jolie Laide is simple: grapes are left whole cluster, foot crushed, and aged in neutral oak. All ferments are done with native yeasts and the grape musts tend to be higher acid, allowing for no added SO2 at the press, and minimal at bottling. They work with a handful of growers, all of whom farm organically and sustainably. Scott and Jenny's ability to seek out spectacular vineyard sites which allows them to be hands off in the winemaking process.

Grape Varieties
Gamay, Syrah, Melon de Bourgogne, Pinot Gris, Trousseau Gris, Valdiguie

Fun Fact
The name Jolie-Laide translates loosely to “Pretty-Ugly”, a French term of endearment to describe something that is unconventionally beautiful, just like their wines!

 

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We’re Decanter and IWC Specialist Merchant of the Year for our USA range.

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