Rajat Parr and Pete Stolpman’s ‘Bastardo’ Love Child

IMG_5174Rajat Parr sparked our Trousseau courtship a couple years ago. First, bottles of Jura accompanied his frequent trips to our central coast winery from San Francisco. Then, comments about Trousseau’s potential on clay topsoil and limestone subsoil started to drop around the winery lunch table. When Rajat persuaded another friend to give him vine cuttings, all he had to do was make the lifelong vow to purchase the Trousseau fruit from Stolpman Vineyards, and I made the plunge, agreeing to graft an acre of vines.
Not only is this acre the only Trousseau planted in Santa Barbara County, Rajat Parr’s vow is the only lifetime vineyard commitment around.
IMG_5142The vines’ lineage traces back to the Eastern French Border Region of Jura – a region often compared to Burgundy.  The whites of Jura, Vin Juane, are sherry-like and made from the Savagnin grape under a yeast voile, or flor. The veil of yeast give the whites a whole lot of unique dry sherry flavors and can fly off the Funkometer scale for folks not accustomed to the profile. Trousseau Gris is also found in Jura.
But Rajat Parr wanted the real Trousseau, the Noir, also known as BASTARDO. As badass as the name sounds, the wine is light on its feet, as even the Noir is a pinkish red color and transparent. Many of these delicate wines pack as many secondary flavors under the wispy, bright fruit as the funky whites.
IMG_5140Rajat’s next conquest will likely be Poulsard, the other delicate red varietal of the Jura. The French often plant Poulsard on Limestone, while they place Trousseau in clay deposits. With only 3 feet of clay atop 300 feet of Limestone in Ballard Canyon, Poulsard might end up being the match made in heaven for Stolpman Vineyards. For now though, Rajat and I will settle for our ‘Petit Bastardo’.