Jolie Laide Melon de Bourgogne 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."

Formerly known as Antle Vineyard, this is a dramatic high desert site in the Gabilan Mountains neighboring Pinnacles National Park. South facing slope, 1800 ft elevation overlooking Monterey with moderating coastal influence. Situated just beneath an extinct volcano with decomposed granite and limestone soils. Picked early to preserve natural acidity, whole cluster pressed to concrete eggs where it underwent spontaneous fermentation and subsequent 6 month sur lie elevage.

Chalky oyster shell, lemon verbena and citrus blossom with mouthwatering acidity.

Technical Information
  • Blend Melon de Bourgogne
  • Country United States
  • Region California
  • Appellation Chalone
  • Vineyard Rodnick Farm