Jolie-Laide

  • Sonoma, California, United States
Jolie-Laide

Jolie-Laide is a two-person operation based in Sebastopol. The name Jolie-Laide translates loosely to Pretty-Ugly, a French term of endearment to describe something that is unconventionally beautiful.  Founded originally by Scott Schultz, and later joined by his partner Jenny Schultz, their winemaking method is simple: grapes are left whole cluster, foot crushed, and aged in neutral oak. All ferments are done with native yeasts, for both primary and secondary fermentations (no inoculation), and the musts tend to be low pH/high acid, allowing for no added SO2 at the press, and minimal at bottling (12-15 PPM free SO2 for the early drinking cuvees, 20-25 PPM free SO2 for bigger reds).  They work with a handful of growers, all of whom farm organically (none certified); it is their ability to seek out spectacular vineyard sites which allows them to be hands off in the winemaking process.

Scott’s passion for wine was ignited when he moved to Napa from Chicago in 2007.  Scott began his transition into the winemaking world after a move to Napa for employment as Wine Director at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon in Napa Valley. As he explains, “everyone I met was a winemaker, so on my days off I followed people around to see what they were doing." Before he knew it, he had secured the cellar master job at Realm Winery. That was followed by working with Arnot-Roberts, and then joining Pax Mahle in the same capacity working on the Pax and Wind Gap labels. Scott’s passion for winemaking grew so significantly that he decided to start his own project, Jolie-Laide, in 2010. To this day, he shares a winemaking space with Pax and several other like-minded producers in Sebastopol. 

One feature to note – the labels change every year, featuring a different artist or art collective. “Our wines are a celebration of the year and seasons in which they are made, always unique and different, no two bottlings are ever the same.”

Scott and Jenny’s approach is a natural one, a less is more ethos. But their keen eye for finding great fruit from only sustainably and responsibly-farmed sites, coupled with an impressive natural talent, lead to consistently delicious wines.  As Scott says, “The do-nothing approach isn’t new by any means; it’s just funny how far many have gotten away from it.”

Image Producer PRODUCT Description Country / Region

DB4177-20
Organic
Jolie-Laide Clairette Blanche Martian Ranch
2020
Clairette
Another rare creature here in California raised in the Chamise Series (sandy loam) soils in the bucolic and biodynamic Martian Ranch in Los... Read More
United States

DB3181-20
Organic
Jolie-Laide Melon de Bourgogne Rodnick Farm
2020
Melon de Bourgogne
The vineyard sits at high elevation in a desert-like area of the Gabilan Mountains. Grapes are influenced by the coastal terroir, planted... Read More
United States

DB4176-20
Organic
Jolie-Laide Rosé of Gamay Witters Vineyard
2020
Gamay
Inspired by a trip to Beaujolais many years back, Steve Edmunds and Ron Mansfield took the great risk of planting the first known true... Read More
United States

DB3180-20
Organic
Jolie-Laide Gamay Noir Barsotti Vineyard
2020
Gamay
100% Gamay. Grown at high elevation in granite soil, one batch of grapes are picked at the beginning of harvest while a second batch are... Read More
United States

DB4178-19
Organic
Jolie-Laide Freisa Tres Pinos Creek Vineyard
2019
Freisa
The wild and rustic kin of the famed Nebbiolo of  Piedmont. Planted in 1994 and organically farmed by  the Siletto family in San Benito,... Read More
United States

DB4175-20
Organic
Jolie-Laide Pinot Gris Glen Oaks Vineyard
2020
Pinot Gris
Hailing from the Historic old vineyard Glen Oaks Ranch  which is now part of the Sonoma Land Trust. With its  deep rocky alluvial soils,... Read More
United States

DB3181-19
Organic
Jolie-Laide Melon de Bourgogne Rodnick Farm
2019
Melon de Bourgogne
The vineyard sits at high elevation in a desert-like area of the Gabilan Mountains. Grapes are influenced by the coastal terroir, planted... Read More
United States

DB3180-19
Organic
Jolie-Laide Gamay Noir Barsotti Vineyard
2019
Gamay
100% Gamay. Grown at high elevation in granite soil, one batch of grapes are picked at the beginning of harvest while a second batch are... Read More
United States

DB3182-18
Organic
Jolie-Laide Syrah North Coast
2018
Syrah
The first vintage experimenting with 100% Syrah, grapes were planted on two vineyards (Halcon and Hawkes Butte) both at high elevation.... Read More
United States

DB3183-18
Organic
Jolie-Laide Shake Ridge (Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre/Viognier)
2018
Grenache
With the help of Ann Kraemer, a grower that specializes in working on unique parcels, grapes were grown and tended in numerous different “... Read More
United States