Impressively more fruit than I thought it would have. I bought two bottles of this and I don't think the other bottle had this much fruit. The cork disintegrated, but the seal was intact. Had to decant and strain, so this one was on a bit of a fast track. Started out with aged raspberry, "funeral flowers" and a bit of soil and mushroom. Picked up a tiny bit of pepper on the finish. All in all, very enjoyable wine. I think this one probably even has a few more years left. But, this is a good wine to pop and enjoy right now. Done by 2021 — 2 hours ago
This is my second Herman Story wine. Normally, I’d sock my ‘16 Syrahs away for years, but I’ve seen reviews say this is so enjoyable young, so I decided to experiment. This is like rocket fuel...full throttle. BUT, it stops short of being out of balance/gloopy. These wines make me think this winemaker, named Russell, is like the Russell Bevan version of Paso Rhône varietals...big, bold, & delicious in style.
After only 30mins, this revealed some smoked meat, peppercorn, olive and underripe blackberry. Some sage as well. Massive on the palate...all sorts of dark, ripe fruit with a sweetened core. Bacon fat, roasted plum, and baked berry pie. This is hedonistic in style and not for the faint of heart, but it does a good job of restraining itself from where it could go. A fun wine. — a month ago
Drank 2/21/19. Tasting event. Tasting pour.
Soil and black fruit on the lighter nose. Very smooth, dark flavors of blackberry, black cherry soil, and tar. Medium, very well integrated tannins. An incredible value for those looking for a big old world red.
3/21/8/5/3 +50 =90 pts. — a day ago
Drank 2/13/19. Excellent pairing with a ribeye(what Bordeaux isn't?!).
A departure from my general buying habits, this is the second wine of Ducru-Beacalliou. I generally prefer the first wines of lesser chateau, and this, though very good, is no exception.
Nice, fairly powerful nose of blackberry, graphite, and soil. Flavors are perhaps a touch lean, but come alive when paired with the steak. Black fruits, soil, and some black licorice are backed by medium + well integrated tannins. Nice balance. Long finish.
Very nice, but for the price I would buy the Monbousquet from the same vintage all day.
4/21/8/4/4 +50 = 91 pts. — 9 days ago