Jolie Laide Syrah Halcon Vineyard 2015

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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.

Jolie-Laide’s Trousseau Gris, meantime, had become a bit of a runaway hit both for its style—a skin-fermented wine that can be fruity and cerebral without the cul-de-sac of esoterica — and ever-changing labels (line drawings of nude women; botanical etchings of butterflies) inspired by Sine Qua Non’s Manfred Krankl. With a Pinot Gris and two red wines in the roster, Schultz’s side project has become a darling in San Francisco and far beyond.”

His labels for this release are from an Italian artist named Sabrina Garrasi and she does water colors.

Technical Information
  • Country United States
  • Region California
  • Sub-Region North Coast
  • Appellation Yorkville Highlands
  • Vineyard Halcon Vineyard