2014 Herman Story "Milk & Honey" Paso Robles Red Blend

SKU #1248533 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Milk & Honey checks in as an interesting blend of 30% Tempranillo, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Syrah and the rest Grenache, Mourvedre and Petit Verdot. It offers lots of sweet black currant fruit, cedar, toasted bread, leather and dried herbs in a savory, forward and nicely textured style. There's a firm edge to the tannin (no doubt from the Tempranillo), so give it a year, and drink bottles over the following 5-6. One of my favorite estates in the Central Coast is Russell From's Herman Story, who makes unapologetic rich, layered, flavor loaded wines that are a joy to drink. (JD)  (8/2016)

92 points Vinous

 Opaque ruby. Spice- and smoke-accented red and dark berries and vanilla on the deeply perfumed nose; a touch of mocha adds complexity. Plush, expansive cherry liqueur and cassis flavors show an undertone of smoky minerality that adds lift and bite. Picks up a floral pastille quality with air and shows impressive power on the spice-tinged finish, which is framed by supple, harmonious tannins. Try to ignore the "16.2 percent alcohol" on the label because, while unquestionably a rich, powerful wine, it wears its ABV quite well. (JR)  (8/2016)

K&L Notes

Out of Paso Robles, these wines follow the aesthetic of its winemaker Russell P. From--"all the facts with none of the filler."

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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.
Alcohol Content (%): 16.2