Herman Story Nuts & Bolts 2018 Syrah, California
Vineyards: White Hawk, Slide Hill, Bien Nacido, Denlinger, Chelle Mountain, Shadow Canyon
Aging: 85% New French Oak for 18 months
Release date: March 14, 2020
924 cases made
Tasting notes: Black garlic, prosciutto-wrapped canalé, fennel scones, espresso, brown sugar strudel, and black licorice cookies.
Drink now: 30 minute decant | Cellar: Now through 7 years
TASTING NOTES: After several steins of lager last night, it’s a miracle the man is standing, let alone baking some of the best damn sweet rolls you’ll ever taste. He shut down the bar at two and was warming up his ovens at four, blasting German death metal and whistling along. Approach the counter, you’ll get a grunt and a nod, but never a smile. Behind him, the ruins of his drunken experiments – berliners full of black garlic, prosciutto-wrapped canalé, fennel scones. Mere hours ago his tattooed arms were braced against sticky bars and wrapped around gyrating bodies, but now he’s serving espresso, brown sugar strudel, and black licorice cookies. Does he ever sleep? Is he still drunk? You might never know, but when you bite into that flaky croissant, does it really matter?