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Royal Nonesuch Farm

#1 Post by Billy Norris » October 24th, 2018, 11:20 am

Just received the inaugural mailer from this new Central Coast producer, which came highly recommended by Justin Smith of Saxum...I'm already well beyond my budgeted spend for the year, but this seems like an interesting ground floor project at $55/bottle. Anyone have any insider info, or happen to have somehow sampled this in barrel/bottle yet?

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In 2011, our family purchased a tiny piece of property high up in the Santa Lucia Range of the historic, rugged, and almost forgotten York Mountain AVA. After planting our first vines in 2013 — own-rooted, bushvine Grenache — we started to discover the uniqueness of this incredible site. 1800 feet above the Pacific Ocean between the towns of Cambria and Templeton, our little vineyard boasts an incredibly diverse set of soil profiles, including rocky limestone, clay, and sand. Rainfall is almost 4-times that of the nearby town of Paso Robles, which allows us to dry farm many of our young vines.
The extreme weather, diverse soils, and steep topography create unforgiving farming conditions and minuscule yields – but for all that we're rewarded with incredibly intense and character driven fruit. We showcase the uniqueness of our vineyard by being as gentle and transparent as we can in the winery – co-fermenting when possible, lots of whole bunch fermentations, native yeast, and a mix of concrete and large format neutral oak aging.
Today we have 7-acres planted to a mix of Grenache, Graciano, Syrah, and Clairette. From that, we only make one wine – a blend of everything that we grow – which is our way of allowing the vineyard to speak louder than the winemaking. We don’t make very much wine (just 136 cases last year), and never will, but what we do make is unique, powerful and elegant.
We call our vineyard The Royal Nonesuch Farm, in reference to the great “tragedy” of Huckleberry Finn and as a constant reminder to never take ourselves too seriously.

The 2016 vintage of the Royal Nonesuch Farm is a co-ferment of 50% Syrah, 30% Graciano and 20% Grenache. Yields in 2016 really were minuscule — the first three producing acres gave us a mere half a ton per acre.
Despite not having much fruit to work with, we did 2 harvests in 2016 - first was all of our Syrah with a little Grenache, then about 3 weeks later, the Graciano with the last of the Grenache. We co-fermented both picks in a concrete tank before racking them together at the end of harvest. We then aged the wine for 22-months in used 500L barrels.
2016 Royal Nonesuch Farm
This elegant wine offers up an intoxicating nose of crushed violets, peppercorns, blackberries, and seared ribeye. Flavors of blueberries, black licorice, and espresso give way to a full-bodied, seamless, and gorgeously textured mid-palate. This is a wine of great complexity and power, but also of purity and nuance — and while it is drinking wonderfully now, it will benefit from a few years in your cellar.
Again, if you’re interested in a 6-pack you can join our club here. If you only want a few bottles, stay tuned for next Tuesday’s announcement.
Thank you for joining us on this adventure!

Hillary, Anthony, and all the critters

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#2 Post by Peter Petersen » October 24th, 2018, 11:31 am

I signed up. If this is as good as his Grenache reds from a few years ago, then this is going to be a winner.

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#3 Post by Max B. » October 26th, 2018, 9:38 am

I signed up for a six pack
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#4 Post by Jake Rubash » October 26th, 2018, 9:46 am

Did either of you that signed up get a confirmation for the purchase or a CC charge?

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#5 Post by BLittle » October 26th, 2018, 10:26 am

i've got a bottle cued up for tonight to share with friends
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#6 Post by Peter Petersen » October 26th, 2018, 2:39 pm

Jake Rubash wrote:
October 26th, 2018, 9:46 am
Did either of you that signed up get a confirmation for the purchase or a CC charge?
Not yet. Maybe they'll charge next week with the general offering?

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#7 Post by Andreas Nielsen » October 26th, 2018, 3:23 pm

BLittle wrote:
October 26th, 2018, 10:26 am
i've got a bottle cued up for tonight to share with friends
Sounds great. Hope you’ll post a few words [cheers.gif]

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#8 Post by BLittle » October 27th, 2018, 11:37 am

Someday i'll learn how to post a link to CT, for now:

Decanted for an hour, shared with friends for 90 minutes (other bottles opened). Cool label. 50% Syrah, 30% Graciano and 20% Grenache. Deep ruby purple color to edge. Big aromatics of blue and red fruit, some vanilla and spice notes. Not a new oak kind of nose, maybe a little whole cluster. Palate is lighter than the nose, which is a good thing. A little note of cocoa/espresso to complement the fruit. Good lift, smooth tannins that linger. Finish is a little short but it's such a young wine/vineyard. Not your "typical" Paso red and see this aging 7-10 years easily.

Disclaimer: known Anthony for over a decade from back in the VC days
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#9 Post by Peter Petersen » October 27th, 2018, 6:30 pm

Brett, Thanks for the note. Sounds like a very young wine, but hopefully enticing. I generally enjoy big aromas followed by a light palate. I’ll look forward to trying it soon.

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#10 Post by Max B. » October 29th, 2018, 3:22 am

Jake Rubash wrote:
October 26th, 2018, 9:46 am
Did either of you that signed up get a confirmation for the purchase or a CC charge?
Got an email about shipping but that’s it. Should b e here tuesday
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#11 Post by Peter Petersen » October 29th, 2018, 8:25 am

Email said it would ship Nov. 5.

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#12 Post by larry schaffer » October 29th, 2018, 8:37 am

I'm assuming that Anthony is continuing on with his Kinero project, correct?
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#13 Post by Max B. » October 30th, 2018, 3:12 pm

Peter Petersen wrote:
October 29th, 2018, 8:25 am
Email said it would ship Nov. 5.
Yes Tuesday the 5th
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#14 Post by Max B. » November 30th, 2018, 1:57 am

Has anyone opened a bottle yet?
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#15 Post by Jeff Lander » December 3rd, 2018, 5:31 pm

Anthony said he is still doing the Kinero whites. The new label is for the estate red wine and probably other stuff. He teased a Picpoul sparkler he has been toying with that he opened at the Nonesuch wine dinner on Saturday. Sadly I couldn't make it for that so missed out.

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#16 Post by Peter Petersen » December 5th, 2018, 8:39 am

I popped a bottle last week and drank it over two nights. Cork seemed dry and crumbled even with an ah-so. Interesting blend of Syrah (50%), Graciano (30%), and Grenache (20%). Alc 14.5%.
Aromas were a little muted both nights, but showed some blue and red fruits as well a hint of spices. The wine is still very primary and young, but the palate is amazing, wonderfully balanced and complex with a long after taste. Actually, very easy to drink, not at all heavy. If the aromas evolve a bit, then this could be one of the best Paso wines I've had in a while.

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#17 Post by larry schaffer » December 5th, 2018, 8:49 am

Peter,

What vintage was this? When was it bottled and how was it stored? Strange that the cork was dry and crumbled as a relatively young wine - I would reach out to the winery and hear their thoughts on it.

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#18 Post by Jake Rubash » December 5th, 2018, 10:49 am

Anyone else have the labels on theirs wanting to come off the bottle? Either not enough adhesive or the label stock is too thick... Regardless I'm sure it's good juice!

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#19 Post by larry schaffer » December 5th, 2018, 11:04 am

Jake Rubash wrote:
December 5th, 2018, 10:49 am
Anyone else have the labels on theirs wanting to come off the bottle? Either not enough adhesive or the label stock is too thick... Regardless I'm sure it's good juice!
Probably hand labeled . . .
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#20 Post by Peter Petersen » December 5th, 2018, 11:21 am

Larry, the OP has all the specs.

Jake, Yes, I think those labels are way too thick for the adhesive used.

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#21 Post by robmundell » December 5th, 2018, 12:51 pm

Jake Rubash wrote:
December 5th, 2018, 10:49 am
Anyone else have the labels on theirs wanting to come off the bottle? Either not enough adhesive or the label stock is too thick... Regardless I'm sure it's good juice!
Yeah my labels came almost completely off on mine. Cool looking label though.

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