Herman Story

Nuts & Bolts California Syrah 2016

Shay A

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.
— 4 days ago

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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


This is full tilt!


Columbia Valley Syrah 2008

Shay A

January Wednesday Wine Committees are always a great as the red wines are required to be 11yrs old, making all of the reds 2008 vintage. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine were served today, all blind.

I called this WA state Syrah. It was between that and northern Rhône...the fruit here was more prevalent and while the aromatics matched with both options, the funky, iron, stewed meat notes didn’t translate to the palate. Smoky and dark fruited. Drinking a little thin. I’d drink up if you have them.
— 6 days ago

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James Cahill

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Nice call.

E. Guigal

Vignes de l'Hospice Saint-Joseph Syrah 2010

I grabbed these at £65 and have loved watching them evolve 😍 Probably my favourite St Joseph 😉👍 .. so far

📍 E. Guigal St. Joseph Vignes de L'Hospice 2010

🏵 95 points & could improve more 😉

🍇 Syrah

🍷 Deep blackened ruby w/ a purple tint

👃 Blackberry & raspberry through minerals & violet purple flowers, bathed in cocoa cream w/ hints of blackcurrant, smoke, minerals, pencil lead, subtle farmyard & liquorice

👄 Med++ body of rich ripe creamy chewy blackberry jam & blackcurrant barged in cocoa w/ slight dry minerals, raspberry & liquorice

🎯 Long touch mineral dry deep dark fruit creamy blast w/ a raspberry cocoa liquorice slap
— 3 days ago

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Luca Wines

Laborde Double Select Uco Valley Syrah 2013

Laura Catena, a 4th generation winemaker who grew up in a traditional Argentine-Italian winemaking family in Mendoza. The wines are named after her children - Luca, Dante and Nicola - the background of the label is the McDermott coat of arms of her American husband, Daniel McDermott. Single-vineyard wine from land belonging to the Laborde family. Deep red with big ripe fruits and smoky oak. On the palate plum and jammy blackberry, spice with nice earthy character. Tannins are a bit rustic, lingering ending with toasty oak and spice. Nice value. — 4 days ago

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Halcon Vineyards

Elevacion Syrah 2016

If you like Northern Rhône, I dare you to find me a California Syrah that you’d like better. This is a sun-kissed version of a good Côte-Rotie - take out some of the rusticity and replace it with fruit, and you ha e this mineral driven wine with a mouthful of flowers, white pepper and violet. A little bacon and meat and olive are missing, to my tastes, and these are somewhat more present in the Alturas bottling. But this is on the elegant side. Good long term upside here. — 4 days ago

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Domaine de la Côte Sainte-Epine

Vieilles Vignes St. Joseph Syrah 2017

Lyle Fass

17 is gonna blow some minds. Huge nose of blackberry fruit, classic, deep granite, menthol and even pine. So aromatic. Smells deep. Incredible power and concentration. Superb freshness and depths. Loads of blackberry and deep rich fruit. Awesome acids. Amazing purity. Epic value. Terrific structure and depth. Will age 15+ years. — 4 days ago

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I look forward to having my mind blown. My 13s needed a ton of air before they really showed well...maybe less so for the 15s and 16s. How about the 17s? Drink window?
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@Aravind Asok long haul. Was smoking good today. 3 days later. These wines need mega air
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Yeah, after about 2 days of air the '13 was simply amazing (it was so closed and simple even after opening, even with a decant, that I just corked it and left it, unrefrigerated on the counter for 48 hours). As a consequence, I haven't even bothered with 15, 16 or 17s. These seem like they will last a really long time, but it will take at least a few years for them to unfurl.

Paul Jaboulet Aîné

La Chapelle Hermitage Syrah 2005

I’m a huge Paul Jaboulet fan & grabbed this @ £125 - great wine but overpriced 😉 I love the 2011 at the moment but this is delish to with loads of life left 😎

📍 Paul Jaboulet Aine La Chapelle Hermitage 2005

🏵 93-94 points

🍇 Syrah

🍷 Deep blackened ruby

👃 Peppered cherry mud pie, raspberry bakewell tart & cocoa sprinkles w/ a light earthy dry cured herbed meat herby smokey oak backbone & black berry fruits then a coffee kick

👄 Med bodied creamy smooth dark cherry & raspberry chocolate pie w/ a rich blackberry jam undertone, black olive & light dry minerals

🎯 Med+ touch dry dark cherry & raspberry chocy licky lips w/ a dark fruit berry, olive tapenade & mineral linger
— 4 days ago

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Bedrock Wine Co.

T'n'S Blocks Hudson Vineyard South Syrah 2015

I wanted to try another Hudson #syrah from the same vintage to contrast against the Keplinger. Similar fruit profiles, but very different winemaking. Where the Hangmans was rich, lush and open this is more tightly coiled. A little less alcohol, a touch more acidity, and a more savory wine with more meaty and iron notes. The Keplinger drinks great now but this wine should vastly improve and should really be something in about 10 more years. — 3 days ago

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Hangman's Syrah 2015

From a single block in the Hudson Vineyard. This is a Hermitage clone of 93% Syrah cofermented with 7% whole cluster Viogner. Clove and cinnamon spice jump from the glass in this mid weight ruby wine. The spice carries into the palate where it’s met with a blast of black fruit and pepper. The medium acidity punches in on the back which helps carry it into a long finish where you get a bit of the french oak and medium tannin. This will only get better as both of those integrate. — 4 days ago

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Domaine les Alexandrins

Saint Joseph Syrah 2015

Lyle Fass

Big, ripe nose with tons of mineral. Really refined. Also a bit closed aromatically. Palate is glorious. So elegant yet deep and concentrated with amazing granite minerality. Huge concentration. Tiny berry fruit intensity. So pure and so deep. Amazing detail. Suave tannins. Nose opens up after a bit with deep mineral and wet earth. Stunning wine. — 4 days ago

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Matthew Cohen

Matthew Cohen

Son of god.