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Community Tasting Notes (50) Avg Score: 91.7 points

  • beautiful nose of dark fruit and smoked meat finishes smooth and long

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  • High in yum factor. Fills the mouth wonderfully

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  • HdR Opening Tasting: Just a hair off from the 2009. Very good but a bit tighter. Perhaps with time, this will be the better wine. Who knows. Very robust black raspberry fruit.

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  • Original notes and tasting date below.
    Day-2 = 88-89 Pts
    - Nose: Funky, oxidized nose, vegetal fermentation. Hints of cabbage and onion. I wasn't expecting much just on the day-2 nose.
    - Palate: Not bad at all!!! Maybe just a point loss from day-1. More tannins and lots of bread crust on the finish. A meal on its own...

    1) No decant (VinOAir) = 90 Pts.
    - Clear, beautiful deep ruby heading to deep garnet with huge, drippy legs full of color.
    - Clean, pronounced intensity with fruit and spice and everything nice. Tumeric, vanilla, dill, basil, nutmeg, asparagus, orange slice, Christmas present wrapping-tape on nose.
    - Dry, Med+ tannins and full body but with great balance indicative of Herman Story and Russell From. Great job! I get French bread crust overtones with black pepper and kirsch that fades to graphite and minerality on the palate.
    2) 4hr Decant = 91 Pts.
    - Bourbon barrel, fermented cabbage, pepper steak, floral rose, slight caramel and minerality on the nose.
    - Dry, Med++ Tannins after the decant. Bread crust remains, although less pronounced. Bitter chocolate, caramel and pepper on the palate.

    - Conclusions: This is a nice, pleasant and beautiful Syrah from Russell. A bit too young but very complex. It needs some time to grow and develop its true personality. It will probably reach its full potential in 8-12yrs. This would pair well with cheeses, fatty meats, dry rub pork ribs, or just on its own.

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  • Give it 2+ hours decant and enjoy.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    California's Central Coast: Better than Ever (Aug 2012), (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/28/2012, (See more on 90 points

    (Herman Story Syrah Nuts and Bolts) Opaque purple red violet color; ripe berry, black fruit, violets nose; tart berry, violets, berry palate; medium-plus finish

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