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). More on the producer
Wine Notes: 100% Pinot Gris from two vineyards - Vista Verde in San Benito County, a high elevation vineyard consisting of gravelly loam and limestone soils, and Glen Oaks in Sonoma County, a historic site with deep rocky alluvial soils.
Grapes are foot crushed with a two day cold soak. Native yeast fermentation in stainless steel and puncheons and matured in neutral barrique.
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