SOLD OUT Herman Story Casual Encounter 2016 Red Blend, California
Varietals: 37% Syrah, 28% Grenache, 25% Mourvédre, 10% Tannat
Vineyards: White Hawk, White Clis, Luna Matta, Chelle Mountain, Slide Hill, Paderewski, Rolph, Bien Nacido, Shadow Canyon, Larner
Vinification: 25% Whole Cluster
Production: 458 cases made
Oak: 55% New French Oak
Time in Barrel: 24 months
Cellar potential: 6-8 years
Release date: September 8, 2018 TASTING NOTES
Saturday night at Craft is the place to be. Valet the Excalibur and drop yourself into one of the luxurious leather booths. Cigar smoke lingers in the air as the aroma of exquisitely prepared cuts come from the kitchen. The dinner captain carves you a generous portion of peppercorn-crusted
prime rib right at your table as you take in the rich earthy colors and textures of the dining room from another era. Lazaretto cherries come to mind as the wine marries well with the meat.
Casual Encounters takes its name from the orgiastic nature of its origins as a blend of small cofermented lots. By giving up control and embracing game-day decisions during harvest, Casual Encounters best captures the lengths Russell will go in setting orthodoxy aside and letting flavor take full stage.