We first got to meet Dan Baron when he launched Complant in Ohio in the spring of 2021 and we were blown away. Complant is a joint venture between a father-son team of Dan & Sam Baron. They've got about 60 vintages of winemaking experience between them, and a pretty fantastic pedigree of wineries behind them (slightly more Dan than Sam, to be fair). Dan started in the 1970s, before a year at Petrus, which lead him to 12 years running Dominus, and 23 years as the winemaker for Silver Oak. Sam spent time around Europe, before helping found Populis / Les Lunes. They both share a love of farming and a focus on vineyards first. The winemaking is all minimal intervention, and they're aiming for a little bit of the pre-90s style of California wines.
The 2018 Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir explodes from the glass with red flowers, savory game, and crushed red fruits. 130 cases were produced, so get it while you can. This one of our favorite discoveries of the year.