The Brands


Embarking on our mission to engulf Cordant in Pinot Noir, we explored many roads less travelled. But we found ourselves surrounded by so much more. To say we stumbled upon things we couldn't say “no” to is an understatement.

With a base idea and an open mind we were introduced to exceptional vineyards of Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache, and more, all up and down the California Central Coast. The objective then became acquainting ourselves with the unique sites that have the most to say, and to do our best to tell their story.

This approach can only excel if we pay close attention to, and learn to work in harmony with these premium locations. In the cellar this same philosophy of “keeping an open mind” crosses over, where our game plan is simple and minimalist. When you pay attention to the grapes, they tell you what they need. It’s never the other way around.

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Some wines are meant to be blended. In fact, an enjoyable aspect of winemaking is the experimentation requisite with blending trials that leads to the finished product, obsessing over just the right amount of this and that. With Nelle our focus is to start with great vineyard sources, and to create a resulting wine that is even better than the individual vineyard sources, whether through co-fermentation or blending. At harvest most decisions are made on the fly, after “listening” to what the grapes are telling us from the vineyard. For instance, co-fermentation of independent lots, a technique we often employ for certain vineyard sites, can be rewarding because the result can yield increased complexity and flavor integration. For lots we choose keep independent through fermentation, we use ongoing blending trials throughout the year as the wine evolves in the barrel. These blending trials allow us to get properly acquainted with our wines to ensure they end up with proper mates.

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The Makers

Tyler Russell

It all started for Tyler (a California native) while working in a wine shop in Upstate New York. While stocking shelves and conversing with customers about wine, Tyler quickly discovered that he had a role to play in this industry.

In his early 20’s, after a few years working in the shop and eventually becoming the buyer, Tyler’s interest for wine production grew too large to ignore. From there he packed his bags and headed to Paso Robles to pursue his dreams. It didn’t take long for him to get a tasting room gig at Dover Canyon Winery where he was shown the ropes of the trade, honing his knowledge while performing any job big or small. After Dover Canyon Tyler began methodically crafting his winemaking and cellar skills at other Paso Robles wineries including Justin, Zenaida and Calcaerous, while investing his spare time into his own project called Nelle Winery which produced its first wines in 2008.

In 2014 Tyler joined forces with business partner David Taylor to create Tyler David Wine Works, which continues the Nelle label and also created the Cordant Winery label.

David Taylor

David Taylor's original career was spent outside the wine industry as a technology entrepreneur in Silicon Valley and later in San Diego. But as a passionate wine aficionado, David planned someday to be part of the wine industry, he just wasn't sure when or how. David describes that some wines you taste are "good", and some are "Wow!". In a 2011 tasting of Tyler's Nelle wines, David exclaimed "Wow!". The "When and How" were now answered, and in 2014 Tyler and David together created their new winery. The Nelle label continues with focus on blended Rhone-style wines, and they created the Cordant label to focus on Pinot Noir and cooler climate Rhone-style wines. After all, make what you like to drink...Cheers!

The Vineyard

Without question the most important variable in making wine you can be proud of, is the vineyard source. What goes into, and what makes a vineyard special, is more than its ability to create a good wine.

The vineyards that we enjoy the most are the ones that have great people behind them. So much communication and trust goes into farming. As a result, the places that the best relationships are developed make the best wine. Another important aspect with our vineyards is variety. The Central Coast has so much to offer. Whether that is the coastal vineyards of Santa Lucia Highlands or Santa Rita Hills, or the limestone rich sites of westside Paso Robles, and everything in between. Our goal is to exploit all it has contribute.

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