Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Reviewer, Antonio Galloni - The 2009 Nuts and Bolts (Syrah) is a rich, textured wine layered with black fruit, licorice, leather and spices, all of which come together in a sumptuous fabric. This is another strong showing from Herman Story, although a little more complexity would be nice. Nuts and Bolts was made from a number of vineyards and aged 18 months in French oak barrels, of which 55% were new. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.
Ripe, vivid, juicy blackberry, wild berry and boysenberry are presented in a sleek, focused, elegant manner that ends with a long beam of flavors. Drink now through 2019.
I am Russell P. From, winemaker and sole employee of Herman Story Wines.
Herman Story Wines are made, schlepped, peddled, and drunk with friends by me. The basic web design books tell me that you’re probably here for the basics: to find release schedules, ordering information and tasting opportunities for the wines I make, which sounds pretty good to me. The less time I spend writing this stuff the more time I spend in the cellar. So here you go, all the facts with none of the filler. An aesthetic I stand by and believe my wines do too.
Vineyards: Shadow Canyon, Luna Matta, Terra Bella, White Hawk & Larner.
Single vineyard wines are sort of like kids on the Ivy League track; you just have to make sure that you don’t do anything that throws them off and you’ll see them succeed. Blends like Nuts & Bolts are a bit more like me, it takes some well timed advice, a bit of hand wringing and a lot of love to see them come into their own; but when they do they always take the limelight. The 2009 Nuts & Bolts is the best testament to my parenting skills that I can imagine (ladies please don’t get any ideas.) A nose rich with red currant preserves, kirsch, nutmeg and a hint of coriander opens into a palate bursting with ripe plum, open pit bar-b-que and persistent, dusty tannins. (DRINK NOW: 45 minute decant, CELLAR: 8 + years).