Story Of Soil

Aperture

Soil Specific Red Wine 2016

Alexander valley red blend; solid core of black and blue fruits. Fully integrated and not overly oaked. — 10 days ago

Bob MillerADAM STROMFELD
with Bob and ADAM
Shay, Ron and 11 others liked this

Tenuta di Trecciano

Daniello Toscana Sangiovese Blend 2016

Ken Z
9.2

Drank 2/21/19. Tasting event. Tasting pour.

Nice nose of sweet pipe tobacco and black fruit. Dark flavor profile of black fruit and soil. Firm, but well integrated tannins. Long finish.

4/21/9/4/4 +50 =92 pts.
— a day ago

Ken, Bill and 3 others liked this

Burgo Viejo

Crianza Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2015

Ken Z
9.0

Drank 2/21/19. Tasting event. Tasting pour.

Black cherry, soil, and light oak scents. Flavors of earth and black cherry. Nice balance. Medium finish

3/21/8/5/3 +50 = 90 pts.
— a day ago

Ken, Keith and 2 others liked this

Snowden

Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

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

Dan FitzgeraldShay A
with Dan and Shay
Sharon, Ryan and 7 others liked this
Sharon B

Sharon B

I love the taste of fruit in my wine! That’s the best part!
Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

@Sharon B definitely thought this was going to be a fig & ash & pipe tobacco loaded wine. Aged blackberry and lots of it was still the primary!!

Herman Story

After Hours Rosé of Grenache 2017

Kirk F
9.0

Not as happy with this bottle as my last few. Still loaded with ripe berries, It’s good, don’t get me wrong, but maybe it has something to do with the calendar...at almost 16% abv this one will knock u on your backside if you’re not careful! — a month ago

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Kirk F

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@Eric Urbani have some left for tomorrow, test your theory! @Sharon B that was the kentucky game! Close one!
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@Kirk F So what’s the verdict??
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... just realized this is the rose. I usually drink in the second year, but this vintage is ok if you give it air like a red. Sorry for confusion.

Herman Story

Nuts & Bolts California Syrah 2016

Shay A
9.3

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

Weston EidsonMark Flesher
with Weston and Mark
Mark, P and 42 others liked this
Kirk F

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@Shay A you are right on about Russell From. He is a big personality and fun to be around. He visited our home in 2010 on one of his ‘Casula Encounters’ tours. We had a blast! Yet to get to Paso but it is on our short list!
Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

This wine poured like motor oil into the glass, and even stained the sides when swirling! The entry is a full throttle gingerbread spice cookie with plums and figs to the middle. Really wasn't getting much of a savory note at all in the first two-thirds of this wine The finish of this wine is just as dense as the front and middle. This is where some of the savory grilled meat characteristics showed, but it was just enough. More fruit, less funk. This one definitely has the structure to last 10 years.... but with it drinking this well, why wait? Great pull @Shay A
9.3
TheSkip

TheSkip

This is full tilt!

Desparada

Sackcloth & Ashes Central Coast Red Blend 2016

Lovely Bordeaux blend from Paso Robles. Wife of Herman Story wines makes great juice herself. — 8 days ago

Shay, Neil and 2 others liked this

Royal Oporto (Real Companhia Velha)

Late Bottle Vintage Port Blend 2015

Ken Z
9.0

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

Ken, Bill and 3 others liked this

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Croix de Beaucaillou Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2012

Ken Z
9.1

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

Ken, Ron and 10 others liked this

Domaine Dominique Gruhier

Tonnerre Bourgogne Chardonnay 2017

100% Chard. Limestone soil 15 min NE of Chablis. Leesy, stony, citrusy, peachy and apricoty. Medium plus acid with some fizz. — 15 days ago

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