Herman Story Late Bloomer 2014 Grenache, California
Varietal: 100% Grenache
Vineyards: Rolph, Stolpman, Spanish Springs, Santa Barbara Highlands, Chelle Mountain, Shadow Canyon, John Sebastiano
Vinification: 30% Whole Cluster
Production: 626 cases made
Oak: 30% new French Oak
Time in Barrel: 48 months
Alcohol: 15.7 %
Cellar potential: 4-6 years
Release date: September 8, 2018
Late Bloomer is the late draft pick that emerges as a scoreboard leader. It is comprised of a selection of lots that Russell babies for 4 years in a back corner of the winery. Aged without stirring or racking and topped every 2 weeks. The gangly kid on the label is a wine club member whose photo was selected by a panel of “experts” out of a hundred or so submissions from around the globe.
It’s time to head up to the cabin by the lake and take in the natural setting. Walking through the nearby forest, you can smell soil recently struck by lightning. The setting is elegant but rustic, with burnt marshmallows and coffee roasting over the granite fire pit. Later, there will be wild blueberry pie straight out of the oven and a nip or two out of Grandpa’s absinthe stash. You playfully dance with the stuffed and mounted grizzly bear in the corner, the one that came looking for a fight all those years ago but now stands ready with a furry embrace. Go ahead and enjoy. After all, what happens at the cabin stays at the cabin.