2014 Herman Story 'On the Road' (Grenache)
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $39.94 (reg. $49.94)
"The Herman Story wines are unapologetically ripe, rich and textured. They are also among the very best wines readers will find in this style." - Antonio Galloni
California Grenache continues to prove itself year after year as the most shamelessly hedonistic and enjoyable reds money can buy. While major cult producers like Saxum, SQN, Alban, and others get the headlines, there outfilts like Herman Story soaring under the radar making delicious wines with this Rhone darling. Herman Story has been quietly building a sterling reputation for doing just that. Parker has called the ‘On the Road’ Grenache “one of the finest Grenaches being made in the Central Coast” that is “pushed to the limit (but not over).” What’s great about Herman Story is the unpretentious style, and pricing! At 39.94, this is one of the best values for top-shelf California Grenache and it is an unapologetic joy to drink.
Sourced from sites up and down the Central Coast, Russell From has managed to assemble a highly distinctive wine with classic Grenache notes of dark, smokey cherry, black licorice, and flowers. Known for his “balls-to-the-walls, beautifully made, intensely flavored wines” (Parker), Russell From runs his unassuming operation out of Paso Robles, earning a devoted under the radar following for wines that Jeb Dunnuck described as “downright thrilling to drink.” 2014 offered a lot of terrific fruit to work and was “another outstanding vintage...for Paso Robles (Wine Advocate).
For those who love the decadent richness of great Grenache that nevertheless remains incredibly expressive of terroir, Russell From is the guy to watch. Grab some of this ‘On the Road’ for the lowest price around, you won’t be disappointed! Cheers!