Jolie-Laide, which translates loosely to “Pretty-Ugly”, is a French term of endearment to describe something that is unconventionally beautiful. Under this name, winemaker Scott Shultz makes unique and highly sought-after wines, for which he is being heralded as one of California’s most exciting and talented winemakers.
With a microscopic production (only 500 cases a year), his winemaking method is simple; whole cluster, foot crushed, aged in neutral oak and the outcome is magnificent. Scott works with a handful of growers many of which farm organically; it is in his ability to seek out spectacular vineyard sites which allow him to be hands off in the winemaking process.
The labels are a celebration of the season in which the wine was made: always different, no two bottlings are ever the same.