Phelan Farm 'Leon', Central Coast, California 2021
Rajat Parr has brought us some fantastics wines from California with Sandhi, Domaine de la Cotê, and Colétè among others. In this new project, Raj brings the influence from the greatest winemakers friends in France. Phelan Farm's winemaking philosophy is very simple. Nothing is added and nothing is removed. All wines are made using natural yeast. No sulfur is added in the vineyards or cellar. The grapes are mostly fermented using whole bunches and aged in used/neutral wood of varying sizes. The wines are bottled without any fining or filtration. Leon is in homage to his friend in the Jura Stéphane Tissot, and his vibrant blends. Earthy with a pop of fruit. Freshness and elegance.
Pairing: sturdy cheeses, potatoes
Grape: Pinot Noir, Trousseau, Poulsard
Soil: Oceanic sediment
Viticulture: "To best achieve this, we’ve created our own natural farming model, a synthesis of techniques gleaned from several schools of agricultural thought—including permaculture and biodynamics—and the teachings of innovators who inspire us, such as Masanobu Fukuoka and Dr. Elaine Ingham"