Jolie Laide Gamay Noir 2017

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In January 2015 the SF Chronicle wine writer Jon Bonné named Scott Schultz as one of ten winemakers to watch.

"After Schultz worked both the front and back of the house at restaurants in Chicago and Las Vegas, a job at the Vegas outpost of Bouchon pushed him to a job as wine director for the Yountville flagship of Thomas Keller’s bistro. In Napa, he began apprenticing in cellars, and in 2010 wound up interning for Wind Gap’s Pax Mahle, who let him make a bit of wine for himself using the obscure Trousseau Gris grape. A motorcycle accident sidelined him, but after he recovered he took a job as Mahle’s assistant, which remains his day job."

Grown at high elevation in the beautiful red grinitic soils of the Sierra Foothills. Picked in two separate passes, one early and one a bit later makes for a wine a bit riper and fleshed out than in years passed.

The clusters are left whole and started by carbonic maceration, which lends its distinctive high tone appeal but eventually crushed by foot and finished whole cluster for skin contact and extraction. Pressed to neutral barrique for a short 6 month elevage and bottled young to preserve delicate aromatics.

Light, fresh and utterly charming. Wild strawberry and summer herbs with cranberry tartness.

Technical Information
  • Blend Gamay
  • Country United States
  • Region California
  • Appellation Chalone