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

DB3181-21
Organic
Jolie-Laide Melon de Bourgogne
2021
Melon de Bourgogne
From a high desert site in the Gabilan Mountains, neighboring Pinnacles State Park. Harvested from a south facing slope at 1,800 ft...
United States

DB4175-21
Organic
Jolie-Laide Pinot Gris
2021
Pinot Gris
100% Pinot Gris from two vineyards - Vista Verde in San Benito County, a high elevation vineyard consisting of gravelly loam and limestone...
United States

DB4194-21
Organic
Jolie-Laide Sauvignon Gris San Benito
2021
Sauvignon Gris
100% Sauvignon Gris (a pink-berried mutation of Sauvignon Blanc) from the gravelly-loam and limestone soils of Paicines, the southernmost...
United States

DB4197-21
Organic
Jolie-Laide Glou d'Etat
2021
Grenache
65% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah. A new red blend for Jolie-Laide coming from three vineyard sites; Alder Springs in Mendocino County...
United States

DB3656-21
Organic
Jolie-Laide Trousseau Gris Sonoma County
2021
Trousseau Gris
100% Trousseau Gris from Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard in Sonoma County. The Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard is practicing organic and dry-farmed...
United States

DB4196-20
Organic
Jolie-Laide Grenache Chalone
2020
Grenache
100% Grenache from the granite and limestone soils of the Gabilan Mountain Range in the Chalone appellation of Monterey County. The coastal...
United States

DB3657-21
Organic
Jolie-Laide Red Wine (Trousseau Noir/Cab Pfeffer/Valdiguie/Gamay)
2021
Trousseau
45% Trousseau Noir, 30% Cabernet Pfeffer, 20% Valdiguié, and 5% Gamay. Cabernet Pfeffer, or Mourtaou in it's native France, is a rare and...
United States

DB4195-20
Organic
Jolie-Laide Syrah Central Coast
2020
Syrah
The Central Coast Syrah is a blend of two vineyard sites; Coast View and Brosseau. The vineyards are located at 2200-2400 ft elevation,...
United States

DB3182-20
Organic
Jolie-Laide Syrah North Coast
2020
Syrah
The North Coast Syrah is a blend of two Yorkville Highlands vineyards; Hawks Butte and Halcon. Both vineyards are rocky, high elevation...
United States