Herman Story First Time Caller 2018 Petite Sirah, Santa Barbara County
Vineyards: French Camp, Shell Creek
Aging: 18 mo in 80% New French Oak
Unfined & unfiltered. Minimal sulfur.
Release date: March 14, 2020
Cellar Potential: 10+ years
Serving: 65°F Decant for 1hr
Tasting notes: Seared meat, fresh herbs, flaming dark chocolate soufflé, candied violets over vanilla crème brûlée.
"This is the most dangerous wine I've made yet. For anyone who drinks French Roast and likes their bacon extra crispy."
When the ‘58 Coupe DeVille pulls up, cherry red and sparkling in the light of the open-flame steakhouse, it’s a sight to behold. Under the hood, the steel beast growls, begging to let loose, and you’re aching for more. Seared meat, fresh herbs, and flaming dark chocolate souffles are behind you, lost in the freeway air. Jazz piano croons through radio static, Thelonius Monk molding arpeggio melodies while your date – black dress, black heels, blueberry lips – hangs a wayward hand out the window. After cherry-garnished vieux carrés and candied violets over vanilla crème brûlée, you’re exploring the white leather backseat in a parking garage. Then, it’s back to the steakhouse, just in time to toss the owner his keys.