2013 Herman Story "Casual Encounters" Santa Barbara County Rhône Blend

SKU #1248534 92 points Vinous

 Glass-staining ruby. Blackberry, cherry compote and a sexy floral nuance on the deeply perfumed nose. Fleshy and broad on entry, offering densely packed black and blue fruit flavors that tighten up and take on a subtle note of candied licorice in the midpalate. Shows a suave marriage of power and elegance and finishes on a smoky mineral note, delivering superb thrust and smooth, building tannins. (JR)  (8/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Forceful and intensely ripe, this wine fires on all cylinders. Bold aromas of smoky pepper, licorice and blackberry lead to intense flavors that lack any sense of finesse. The tannins are huge. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Tannat. Drink now through 2028. 986 cases made. (Web Only, 2016)

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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.
Alcohol Content (%): 15.4