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2011 Herman Story "Late Bloomer" California Grenache

SKU #1180971 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark First made in 2010 and a cellar selection of lots that needed additional time barrel, the 2011 Late Bloomer is 100% Grenache that saw 36 months in 25% new French oak. It's an awesome Grenache that gives up lots of kirsch, blackberries, sweet licorice, spice-box and dried underbrush. Full-bodied, sexy and seamless, it shows more and more spice characteristics with time in the glass, has a great mid-palate (which is lacking from the vast majority of Grenache cuvees in California) and no shortage of length on the finish. It's another shockingly good effort in this cold, difficult vintage. (JD) Inner quote mark (8/2015)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright ruby-red. Fresh red fruit and floral pastille scents are complicated by hints of smoky minerals, allspice and white pepper. Graceful, focused and alluringly sweet, displaying excellent focus to its fresh black raspberry, spicecake and lavender pastille flavors. This smooth, open-knit Grenache offers a suave blend of richness and finesse, with no excess fat. Finishes sappy and very long, with smooth tannins coming in slowly. (JR) Inner quote mark (6/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Plush and ripe, yet maintains a focused structure at the core. Floral raspberry aromas pair with zesty, rich flavors of baked cherry, licorice and spiced caramel. (JL) Inner quote mark (10/2015)

K&L Notes

Russell From is the man behind Herman Story Wines, a Central Coast phenomenon since 2001. Unpretentious, unmanipulated, and undeniably good wines.


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