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Jolie Laide Sauvignon Gris, San Benito '21
Jolie-Laide is a two-person operation that began in 2010, 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). They work with a handful of growers, all of whom farm organically, and this allows them to be hands off in the winemaking process.
A slightly pink variety, Sauvignon Gris is the most obscure mutation of the more well known Sauvignon Blanc. It is thought to have originated as a mutation in Bordeaux, and then found its home in the Loire Valley. The fruit for the Jolie-Laide bottling was grown in the gravelly loam and limestone soils of Paicines, the southernmost AVA of San Benito County, then gently pressed and naturally fermented in a combination of stainless steel and neutral barrels. The aromatics range from orange blossom, white peach and lime, to subtle herbal notes of tarragon and lemongrass. On the palate, the wine is crisp, with tart acidity.
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