Herman Story Nuts and Bolts Syrah 2016 Front Label
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Herman Story Nuts and Bolts Syrah 2016

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750ML / 15.8% ABV
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750ML / 15.8% ABV

Winemaker Notes

At last, the guitar is yours. Its velvet lined case contains the spirits of 1000 shows: fine Cuban Anejo run, black cherry coke, Connecticut wrapped Gurkha Beauties, motor oil, and chicory coffee. In your hands, the guitar unleashes a series of riffs that rip like a 1/4 mile drag race on a cherry tarmac. This thing destroys, like a dragon breathing fire on a California hillside. Outside the garage, a crowd has gathered, they build a funeral pyre and offer up baskets of fresh cherries as you strike one more chord and melt the iron shackles holding the maidens.

For many, Nuts & Bolts functions as the Herman Story Gateway Drug. Each vintage delivers a Syrah of exceptional structure, body, and power. Nuts & Bolts is built of the most opulent, expressive Syrah barrels in the cellar.

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JD 95
Jeb Dunnuck
Moving to the 2016s and a wine that always delivers, the 2016 Nuts & Bolts has lots of White Hawk character in its white pepper, cedar, underbrush and black and blue fruits. Made from 100% Syrah aged in 80% new wood, this beauty is concentrated, full-bodied, and silky, with no hard edges. Drink it over the coming 5-7 years.
WW 90
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: The 2016 Herman Story Nuts & Bolts Syrah shows us what the Brave New World has in store for fine wine lovers. TASTING NOTES: This wine is built like a ton of bricks, but it plays lovingly on the palate. Its aromas and flavors of bold blackberries, chalk, and tar, should make it an excellent partner with grilled baby back ribs in a piquant sauce. (Tasted: October 31, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
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Herman Story Proprietor and winemaker Russell P. From Winery Image

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.

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California is a winemaking colossus; by itself it is the fourth largest producer in the world. Red wine accounts for 56% of the total by volume, and red grapes 63% of total acres planted. In addition, a number of California red wines are heralded as being among the most prestigious and sought-after wines in the world.

While the state’s incredibly diverse geography, soils and microclimates allow for a wide array of styles, the key factor unifying California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season. This leads to well-developed fruit marked both by impressive ripeness and balancing acidity.

The state’s most famous red wine region, of course, is Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon reigns as king. But California boasts a wealth of other impressive appellations. The much larger and climatically varied Sonoma County also produces world class California Cabernet, along with wonderful examples of California Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.

Fine versions of Cabernet and Zinfandel hail from Paso Robles as well, which is also gaining fame with Rhone varietals like Syrah and Grenache. As for Pinot Noir, terrific examples can be found from AVA’s such as Anderson Valley, Carneros, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills. Wineries in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties are making wonderful Syrahs, and the Sierra Foothill appellations are proving to be an experimental hotbed, with Italian and Spanish varietals employed to great effect.

This of course is a mere sketch. The subject of California red wine is as deep and broad as an ocean, and absolutely a joy to explore!

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