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2018 Herman Story Nuts and Bolts Syrah

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96Jeb Dunnuck

...rocking Syrah notes of blackberries, ground pepper, smoked meat, and roasted meat, full-bodied richness, remarkable purity, and silky yet present tannins...pleasure-bent, sexy, yet pure, balanced Syrah...

95Wine Enthusiast

...lush with concentrated blackberry, black currant, charred wood and a hint of coffee on the nose. On the palate, firm yet polished tannins uphold dense flavors of black cherry, roasted black currant and plum, cola, espresso bean and cracked pepper. Acid washes into the finish.

94Vinous / IWC

Ripe black and blue fruits, candied licorice, espresso, violet, woodsmoke and vanilla on the powerful, spice-accented nose. Broad and fleshy but surprisingly lively as well, offering concentrated cassis, cherry-vanilla, blackberry and fruitcake flavors and a hint of smoked meat. Finishes very long and spicy, with steadily building tannins and resonating blue fruit and vanilla notes.


United States, California, South Coast, Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County is not an AVA, but a region just south of San Luis Obispo that includes the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley appellations. Wine has been produced in the area since the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted vineyards. It wasn’t until the 1990s, however, that producers focused on growing premier grapes for fine wines. During the 1990s more than 10,000 acres of vineyards were planted, and today there are nearly 20,000 acres of vineyards. The region received a big bump in recognition and prestige when the popular film “Sideways” was shot there in 2004. Because the region is affected by maritime weather, it is relatively cool climate makes it ideal for Chardonnay. Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and an increasingly adventuresome number of varietals are also grown successfully in Santa Barbara County.


Red Wine, Syrah (Shiraz)

This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.