Absolute wrecking ball. John Henry red fruit and must be 90 proof. Good, but JC on a pogo stick, subtle it ain’t. — 6 days ago
Broken record, I know, but these wines are just mesmerizing and right up my alley. I’d say this is drinking close to its apex, and that the overwhelming funk you get when young has become more integrated. Olive tapenade, cherry jerky, soy, and peppercorn crusted rhubarb aromatics. Gorgeous floral lift on the palate showing whole cluster flair. Added notes of potpourri, herbs de Provence, smoked meat, mulberries and raspberries. So complex. Thanks @Keith Fisher . — a month ago
The Rhône vibe continued after the Cayuse and 426 HS with this bottle from Dan. A very solid GSM blend that showed more weight and density than the others, along with more sweet smoke, plum, underripe blackberries, dark cocoa dusted dates...yet also a nice lavender and sweet floral finish. I’d start opening these. — a month ago
I’ve been wanting to open this for a while and when I saw Keith’s Cayuse, I wanted to open this next to it and see how it compared.
Consistent with Herman Story style, this is large and in charge. However, the extended aging and the vessels in which this was aged gave this some gorgeous lift and a fantastic amount of layers. Whole cluster berries were in barrel for 426 days...so unique. Powered through two days easily, and is certainly best closer to cellar temp. Dark ruby in the glass with aromatics of baking spice, violets, potpourri, peppered cherry jerky, rhubarb tart and red licorice. There is a whole cluster flair to this...it’s not quite stemmy or green, but there is a crunch to it that I often get with whole cluster wines. On the palate it shows red plum, peppercorn, candied black cherries and cherry liqueur. Wonderful spicy finish. Best Herman Story wine I’ve had. — a month ago
Got to pop some special bottles when my good friend Shawn came in to town!
My third bottle to pop of the evening. These are love it or hate it style wines, and I fall on the “love it” side every single time. The type of wines that can express the terroir of this area is just incredible. In true to Cayuse/Christophe Baron style, this is a savory packed punch wrapped in elegance. This is actually the inaugural vintage for HP, and even at 8/9 yrs of age, this is still quite youthful. Aromatically, it’s a heady display of soy, teriyaki, green olive, peppercorn crusted smoked meats, currant and spicy rhubarb. The palate shows just a touch more heft than most traditional high end northern Rhône Syrahs, but aside from that, it’s a dead ringer. The savory/iron driven components from the nose continue, but there is great acid followed by herbs de Provence and lots of wildflowers/potpourri for a floral finish. I followed this over 48hrs and it powered through the entire time. So much complexity here. My thanks to @Bill Bender for helping me try this. — 3 months ago