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I am Russell P. From, proprietor, winemaker and waste water specialist at Herman Story Wines.

Herman Story Wines are made, schlepped, peddled, and drunk with friends by me. The basic web design books tell me that you're probably here for the basics: to find release schedules, ordering information and tasting opportunities for the wines I make, which sounds pretty good to me. The less time I spend writing this stuff the more time I spend in the cellar. So here you go, all the facts with none of the filler. An aesthetic I stand by and believe my wines do too.

I release my wines twice a year, in Spring and Fall. The wines listed below were set loose right around mid-March in 2017. Our wine club is currently full. However, if you want to get in on the action and try some of my stuff, you can scroll down and join the MAILING LIST, or come visit me at my Tasting Room in Downtown Paso Robles at

1227 Paso Robles Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446.

It's open Thursday - Monday from 11AM - 5PM and I would love to see your shining face there.

Earnestly yours,

Russell P. From

FALL RELEASES

2015 ON THE ROAD

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  • Varietal: 100% Grenache
  • Appellation: California
  • Vineyards: Spanish Springs, Murmur, Chelle Mountain, Shadow Canyon, Luna Matta
  • Aging: 65% New French Oak for 24 months
  • 629 cases made

TASTING NOTES: Dark wood paneling? Check. Red velvet lighting? Check. Tasteful taxidermy? Check. It’s a rare wild boar dinner at the Tornado Club: hewn pine, char crust, fresh-pitted-cherry pie, calf leather boots, a dozen red roses, housemade vanilla bean ice cream, marzipan, peaberry coffee, and the hope that it is indeed her birthday and not your ex’s... (DRINK NOW: 45 min decant CELLAR: Now through 6-8 years)

2015 CASUAL ENCOUNTERS

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  • Varietals: 33% Syrah, 33% Mourvèdre, 21% Grenache, 10% Tannat, 3% Carignan
  • Appellation: California
  • Vineyards: Luna Matta, Paderewski, White Cliffs, Jespersen, Slide Hill, Shadow Canyon, WhiteHawk, Bien Nacido, Chelle Mountain, Presqu’ile
  • Aging: 65% New French Oak for 24 months
  • 562 cases made

TASTING NOTES: All the fun of impressing your date with a clandestine tour of your rich uncle’s schooner at Newport Harbor Yacht Club: forbidden blackberries, flintlock guns, fresh baked dark chocolate brownies, distant engine oil, rain wet sage, Maduro cigars, 1000 leather bound books, raspberry coulis and the devilish pleasure of getting away with it all. (DRINK NOW: 45 min decant CELLAR: Now through 6-8 years)

2015 BOLT CUTTER

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  • Varietals: 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Petit Verdot, 26% Syrah
  • Appellation: California
  • Vineyards: White Cliffs, Chelle Mountain, Star Lane, Rolf, Slide Hill, Shadow Canyon, White Hawk
  • AGING: 85% New French Oak for 24 months
  • 673 cases made

TASTING NOTES: If Merle Haggard and Neil Young had ever released that metal record it would be playing on this train as it blew through the California deserts, carrying it's payload of blackberry-cola sorbet on a quest for the coast: granite talus, smoked black cherry, flame kissed gingerbread village, crispy blueberry sage handpie, road tar, perfect powerchords and lightning struck oxen. (DRINK NOW: 1.5+ hour decant, CELLAR: Now through 6-10 years)

2015 LARNER

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  • Varietals: 54% Syrah cofermented with 46% Grenache
  • Appellation: Ballard Canyon
  • Vineyard: Larner
  • Aging: 80% New French Oak for 24 months
  • 198 cases made

TASTING NOTES: This is what it would be like to hear the surfing obsessed air cavalry commander, Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore, tell stories round a Baja beach campfire: pre-typhoon petrichor, Djarums, cherry tarpaper, well-tuned Cummins diesel engine, grilled fennel and boudin bahn mi, spilt Dr. Pepper, Mont Blanc rollerball ink, 48 oz bone in ribeye for 4 and the lingering question of just how he acquired surfboards in a warzone.  (DRINK NOW: 1 hour decant, CELLAR: Now through 8+ years)

2015 WHITEHAWK

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  • Varietals: 98% Syrah, cofermented with 2% Viognier
  • Appellation: Santa Barbara County
  • Vineyard: Whitehawk
  • Aging: 90% New French Oak for 18 months
  • 195 cases made

TASTING NOTES: You know that plot of land waaay on the outskirts of town? The one with the crumbling stone mansion? Where people say if you spend the night you’ll go insane? How it somehow always makes you fantasize about a life with 4000 thread count sheets, Hugh Hefner’s smoking jackets, carne asada feasts, ghost toast and fresh brambleberry pie served off a tombstone? Well, the widow just passed and left it to whomever could survive a full night alone on Halloween and rumor has it the humidors are still stocked.  (DRINK NOW: 30 minute decant, CELLAR: Now through 10+ years)

BONUS RELEASES

2015 SMASH CITY

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  • Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
  • Vineyards: Murmer and Bien Nacido
  • Aging: 60% New French Oak for 24 months
  • 161 cases made

TASTING NOTES: You emerge from a new barrel in the plunge pool of a kaleidoscopic Niagara Falls and shake the raspberry and cherry sno-cone nectar from your ears, something is different… were those pasties laced last night? The cheering crowds have red licorice arms, the boat is made of cinnamon planks, there are bears serving diamond crusted steaks. A woman on a Chanel-black jet ski roars up and drapes a band of fresh laurel over your head. The blueberry moon winks as you get back in the barrel. (DRINK NOW: 30 minute decant CELLAR: Now through 6+ years)

2013 440 DAYS

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  • Varietal: 100% Grenache
  • Appellation: Paso Robles
  • Vineyards: Chelle Mountain and Terra Bella
  • Aging: 100% New French Oak Foudre for 440 days, followed by 1 year in 100% New French Oak barrels 
  • 380 cases made

TASTING NOTES: Wandering North Africa exhausted after a day’s ride, your grandfather experienced his favorite meal ever, this is the essence of that feast: cinnamon milk and a hookah packed with anise shisha, lamb koftas, szechuan peppercorns, sliced pistachio baklava, an intoxicating drinking chocolate and Vietnamese coffee. 80 years later he could taste it, and now, so can you. (DRINK NOW: enjoy over an evening, CELLAR: Now through 6+ years.)

MAILING LIST

Unfortunately, I only have enough wine to accommodate sales to my current Wine Club Members and the savvy folks who swing by my tasting room. Our wine club is currently closed to new members. In the meantime, consider joining my Mailing List, or come visit me at the tasting room conveniently located next to Dan's Tire in Downtown Paso Robles at 1227 Paso Robles Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446. The tasting room is open Thursday – Monday from 11AM – 5PM. You can also call me at 805.237.2400 to check further availability.

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CONTACT

My winery and tasting room is located at: 1227 Paso Robles St, Paso Robles, CA 93446 Open from 11-5 Thursday-Monday, or by appointment.

Phone: (805) 237-2400 Fax: (805) 237-2224 Email: thirsty@hermanstorywines.com Mailing: P.O. Box 15928, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

If you're passing through at another time, give me a call at the tasting room and I'll do my best to free up some time to taste with you.

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