2018 Kinero Cellars "The Royal Nonesuch Farm Red"
Paso Robles, California
The 2018 Royal Nonesuch Farm Red opens up with a gorgeous nose of blackberry sorbet, cracked pepper, spring flowers, fresh-turned earth, brown-eyed women and red grenadine. The wine hits the palate with an extraordinarily seamless display of rich, pure fruit and a full-bodied, multilayered texture. Yet, it remains light on its feet as the silky, soft and long finish leaves you with lingering spice. Cold soaked for 7 days with twice daily pumpovers, then wild fermented in concrete tanks and foudre with twice daily pumpovers or delestages. 17 days total maceration. Fermented 60% whole cluster. Bottled without fining or filtration. Aged for 20 months in 500L barrels, 10% new Hungarian oak. Alc: 14.6% | pH: 3.83 | TA: 5.1 g/l
94 points, Wine Enthusiast. "Black plum, lilac and black pepper make for a deep and rich yet dry and savory combination on the nose of this blend of 67% Grenache, 18% Syrah, 14% Graciano and 1% Clairette Blanche. It's well wound on the sip, offering black-pepper, cassis, black-cherry and star anise flavors, all wrapped in chiseled tannins."