Herman Story Bolt Cutter 2017 Cabernet Blend, California
Varietals: 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Petit Verdot, 25% Syrah
Vineyards: Chelle Mountain, Slide Hill, Star Lane, Jespersen, White Hawk, Bien Nacido, White Clis, Rolph
Aging: 75% New French Oak for 24 months
Tasting notes: You know him only by his ring name, Rage, but he just took home the bare-knuckle brawling belt in a vicious onslaught of left jabs and right hooks. Still bleeding from his eye, he exits the makeshift parking lot ring, flips off the crowd, and hops in his black-on-black Silverado. On the way home, he picks up his lavender-shampooed Bichon Frise from the groomer, a dozen roses for his wife, and the poet laureate’s newest chapbook. He’s got a bookshelf next to his barbells and a spice garden not far from his speed bag, where he eats plums and sips kopi luwak coffee. You might think that makes him soft, but you wouldn’t dare say it to his face.