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 when Scott Schultz decided to branch out on his own, he did so with the full backing and confidence of his mentor 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.

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Jolie-Laide - a chosen few from us

Gamay 2017, Jolie-Laide

£35 Case of 12 £378

Scott Schultz has been making waves in Sebastopol, California for some time. This Gamay is picked twice, one early and a second later picking to make the wine a bit riper and fleshed out. Pressed to neutral barrique for a short 6 month elevage and bottled young to preserve delicate aromatics.

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