Herman Story Late Bloomer Grenache 2014
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
Deep, shimmering ruby-red. Ripe, smoke-tinged cherry, blueberry and incense aromas show excellent clarity, and a peppery note adds spicy lift. Juicy and broad on the palate, offering lush yet surprisingly lively red and blue fruit preserve, vanilla and floral pastille flavors and a touch of star anise. Shows impressive energy on the broad, seamless, extremely long finish, which is framed by supple, even tannins. This impressive, highly expressive wine was aged in barrels for three years before bottling.
Proprietor and winemaker Russell P. From began Herman Story Wines in 2001 with 7 barrels stashed in his employer’s cellar. What started as a modest homage to his rancher grandfather has become a beacon to those seeking opulent, structured Syrah and Grenache. To maintain balance while giving flavor full stage, Russell works with 30 top-tier vineyards in over 7 distinct growing regions between Santa Barbara and Paso Robles. From's dedication has held the attention of discriminating consumers and reviewers alike, earning him a coveted position in Wine Spectator's Top 100 List in 2014 for his On the Road Grenache and and average 90+ score on CellarTracker across all wines and vintages.
A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties, covering nearly double the vineyard acreage of whites.
While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.
Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while old, gnarly Zinfandel vines survived Prohibition.