Red

2011 Herman Story Syrah Nuts and Bolts

Syrah

  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Santa Barbara County
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Community Tasting Notes 83

  • EyeDesign Likes this wine: 96 points

    April 20, 2022 - We have been collecting bottles of different age statements for Nuts and Bolts and this 2011 is really wonderful. Rich, full bodied, fruit forward, well balanced and finishes so well.

  • Ed85 Likes this wine: 92 points

    January 8, 2022 - dark crimson, medium/full body, aromas of cherry, flavors of sweet black cherry and raspberry, low/medium tannins, medium acid, medium finish
    excellent qpr

  • YourSomm wrote: 95 points

    September 4, 2020 - Insanely good, and shows how a big wine can still have a ton of finesse. After a long decant, the flavors of dried cranberry, dark ripe raspberry, green olives, mint, and violets were amazing.

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  • Sid_Loves_Wine Likes this wine: 95 points

    August 19, 2020 - Wow, what a beautiful surprise. After trying a 2016 Nuts and Bolts, I was prepared to find very heavily extracted/jammy fruit here too (I enjoyed the 2016 but didn't find it super complex nor convincingly balanced). After hearing that Russell did awesome things with the cool 2011 vintage, making a rhone-like wine even over 15% ABV, I had doubts...but he really did. Not mistakable for a Rhone, but shows a clear ability to harness the savory nuance of syrah while still capturing that dark, rich fruit in an effective way. Did so far better than a 2012 Pax Griffin's Lair Syrah, even being a full point higher in ABV, and for a slightly cheaper price too.

    Incredible, harmonious, wafting nose of rich blackberry liqueur, cappuccino, black cherry, subtle black olive and floral tones, a pinch of bacon fat; alcohol is obviously present but amazingly shows more as a cooling menthol than jammy heat. Doesn't 'explode' from the glass, but very persistent. Weirdly classy and collected. Palate is less complex, but very well-balanced considering the style. Plenty of black fruit and tangy acids, at least a solid medium acidity if not higher, bringing more than enough lift for this rich, dark style to feel ultimately elegant. Tannins are still hanging around, but have softened into a dense silk. Long black cherry finish showing a touch of jamminess, but by that point, so lovely that it doesn't matter. I'd drink now before the energy dips down.

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  • pnurnberg Likes this wine: 94 points

    July 10, 2020 - Deep jammmy red fruits, dark cherry, mulled spices, all spice, fresh moss, tobacco, leather

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Santa Barbara's Stunning 2011s (Jul 2013) (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2011
  • Type Red
  • Producer Herman Story
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Nuts and Bolts
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Santa Barbara County
  • UPC Code 783757003028

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  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 332 (25%)
  • Consumed 979 (75%)

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