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Herman Story

USA, Syrah, Nuts and Bolts, Herman Story, 2008

N/ Smoked plums. Warm asphalt, in a good way. Heavy flint. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Reduced cassis and plum sauce. Very powerful, but miraculously still quite suave. If you have not tried these Herman Story Syrahs, you really should. Price = $30 to $37 Astounding-. 95 This wine was part of a “Syrah Smackdown” tasting, bottle […]

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USA, Syrah, Herman Story, White Hawk Vineyard, 2007

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Once again a heavily extracted, high alcohol beauty and beast from Russell From, the man behind Herman Story Wines. Syrah with 2-3% Viognier. http://hermanstorywines.com/ N/ Ripe plums looking for a fight. Huge extraction. Candied oak. Barrel room. Plum, agitated cherry, spice, and chocolate bliss. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel (I expected full, but this, like all Herman Story I’ve […]

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USA, Grenache, Herman Story, “On the Road”, 2007

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One of the coolest labels, ever. C/ Blackness, I mean it. N/ Deeper than deep ripe tarn of death. Some boozed-laced candy and seared chocolate. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. If the color black could be made into a reduction sauce, it might taste like this.  Well, and it also has a plum floater on top. Herman […]

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USA, Syrah, Herman Story, “239 Days”, 2007

N/ Young, but rich, sherry.  Oxidized plums. Brooding waters. Waftings of a New Jersey bog where the Mob dumps “unneeded” bodies? La Brea tar pits? Chlorine hints. T/ Round blackness. Big mouthfeel. Hotness from 17.3% alcohol! Almost like a wine/port hybrid, but much, much cleaner lines and freshness than a port. Fascinating and totally unique. Note: about $35 retail. […]

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USA, Syrah, Herman Story, Nuts and Bolts, 2007

  N/ Lurid, nasty but tasty, tarn with hot vapors.  The Venus of wine noses.  Olds plums with fresh smoke. T/ Giant mouthfeel.  Big fat tannins, nut agreeable. Almost Grenache-like smoothness. Mole! 16.4% alcohol beat down. Totally unique.  Almost bizarre. Conversation ender and starter. Price = $35 Brilliant -. 91 This wine was provided by […]

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