2012 Herman Story "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Syrah
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Russell's first 100% Bien Nacido Syrah, the 2012 Syrah Bien Nacido incorporates a splash of Viognier and was brought up all in new French oak. It's a sensational Syrah from one of the best vineyards in the Central Coast and exhibits deep, voluptuous and full-bodied notes of smoked black fruits, chocolate, dried earth and big minerality. Showing more structure and breadth with time in the glass, it taste like the essence of Bien Nacido, albeit, on steroids. Give this beauty a year in the cellar and it will knock your socks off over the following 6-7 years. Pulling from a number of sites spread throughout the Central Coast, Herman Story’s Russell From makes unabashedly Californian wines that make the most of the beautiful fruit that makes California so special. These are not for those craving tiny, mid-weight efforts and they have rocking textures, tons of fruit and most importantly, always remain a joy to drink. These are gorgeous wines. (JD)
Deep ruby-red. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet displays textbook Syrah character, with scents of red and dark berries, violet and cracked pepper, plus a vibrant mineral overtone. Juicy and focused in the mouth, offering intense black raspberry, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors that flesh out slowly with air. This concentrated yet lively Syrah finishes with excellent clarity and even tannins. There's 15.2% alcohol here, incidentally. (JR)
Powerful and plush, featuring a complex core of tannins and bright acidity. Smoky blueberry and bitter chocolate aromas combine with dense flavors of dried cherry, peppered beef and tar. Best from 2017 through 2026. 391 cases made.