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-September in 2018. 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.
Russell P. From
2014 LATE BLOOMER
Aging: 30% New French Oak for 48 months in barrel
626 cases made
TASTING NOTES: It’s time to head up to the cabin by the lake and take in the natural setting. Walking through the nearby forest, you can smell soil recently struck by lightning. The setting is elegant but rustic, with burnt marshmallows and coffee roasting over the granite fire pit. Later, there will be wild blueberry pie straight out of the oven and a nip or two out of Grandpa’s absinthe stash. You playfully dance with the stuffed and mounted grizzly bear in the corner, the one that came looking for a fight all those years ago but now stands ready with a furry embrace. Go ahead and enjoy. After all, what happens at the cabin stays at the cabin. (DRINK NOW: 30 minute decant CELLAR: Now through 4-6 years)
2016 CASUAL ENCOUNTERS
Varietals: 37% Syrah, 28% Grenache, 25% Mourvédre, 10% Tannat
Aging: 55% New French Oak for 24 months in barrel, 25% whole cluster
458 cases made
TASTING NOTES: Saturday night at Craft is the place to be. Valet the Excalibur and drop yourself into one of the luxurious leather booths. Cigar smoke lingers in the air as the aroma of exquisitely prepared cuts come from the kitchen. The dinner captain carves you a generous portion of peppercorn-crusted prime rib right at your table as you take in the rich earthy colors and textures of the dining room from another era. Lazaretto cherries come to mind as the wine marries well with the meat. (DRINK NOW: 45 minute decant CELLAR: Now through 6-8 years)
2016 BOLT CUTTER
Varietals: 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Petit Verdot, 15% Syrah
Aging: 70% New French Oak for 24 months in barrel
650 cases made
TASTING NOTES: If wines were like fashion, this would be prete a porter. It’s that perfect little black dress that transitions seamlessly from an afternoon sipping on cinnamon hibiscus highballs in the Upper East Side to an evening dancing in SoHo. The next morning, you hop into a finely upholstered Uber XL, sipping cardamom tea as you head out of the city for weekend adventure featuring a stay at the little country inn that serves an unforgettable Apricot-Glazed Pork Shoulder. Because that’s just how you roll. (DRINK NOW: 2 hour decant, CELLAR: Now through 7-8 years)
Varietals: 51% Syrah, 49% Grenache
Appellation: Ballard Canyon
Aging: 80% New French Oak for 24 months
323 cases made
TASTING NOTES: Saturday mornings at Grandma’s were trippy with cartoons, raspberry rugelach and her cleaning her pistol at the kitchen table. After an hours long bruch of earl grey tea, bacon, cherry cinnamon roll, fresh blackberries, grilled toast and rare steak, she’ll take you outside to try to teach you how to shoot a dime out of the air. She nearly never misses. The scent of the spent shells mixed with her delicate rose perfume lingers with you forever. (DRINK NOW: 1 hour decant, CELLAR: Now through 8+ years)
2016 WHITE HAWK
Varietals: 98% Syrah cofermented with 2% Viognier
Appellation: Santa Barbara County
Aging: 100% New French Oak for 24 months
368 cases made
TASTING NOTES: Like sauntering to the head of the class, knowing the answer to a Good-Will-Hunting-esque problem, only to trip over your new leather shoelace, fall face first into the slate chalkboard and back onto Jenny’s black forest birthday cake: maraschino cherry embarrassment, clapped eraser, polished patent leather, baking chocolate, spilt espresso, ginger spice cake, contraband cloves, fresh black earth, currant jam and black Mr. Sketches all swirling like stars around the realization that in 10 years this will be the only thing anyone remembers. (DRINK NOW: 30 minute decant, CELLAR: Now through 10+ years)
2016 SHADOW CANYON
Varietals: 78% Syrah, 22% Grenache
Appellation: York Mountain
Aging: 80% New French Oak for 24 months
222 cases made
TASTING NOTES: You’ll be damned if you don’t just love Blackberry Farm. Check out this mini bar situation: Vietnamese coffees, Thai chocolate truffles, Cherry Swisher Sweets, Oolong tea and tiny bottles of Alpine kirsch. These sheets feel like clouds and they even give you a fresh baguette with churned butter and jars of strawberry jam and boysenberry compote. There’s a just picked bouquet of violets and wild roses. Ahh yes, this is the life, it’ll be 30 minutes before anyone notices you’re trespassing. (DRINK NOW: 1 hour decant, CELLAR: Now through 8 years)
2014 426 DAYS
Aging: Aged in one New French Foudre for 426 days on original stems in skins, pressed and aged in 100% New French Oak barrels for 1 year
283 cases made
TASTING NOTES: It’s miraculous! Your sister married René Redzepi and your weekend shooting at the club has suddenly transformed into a Noma curated Golden Corral. There’s Peking duck in 7 glazes: sweet tea, classic, Guatemalan mole, Jasmine, huckleberry shrub, Tandoori and scythe-cut herb garden (whatever that means). Feathers three ways: over figs, under truffles and between tarriens of steaming eucalyptus. A dessert table with dollops of cream from all 8 major peaks of the Dolomites pad the flavors of early August Alpine strawberries. It’s only 6PM and you’re already spilling the Admiral’s ‘47 Armangaic down your chin. (DRINK NOW: Over the course of 3 days CELLAR: Till I say WHEN)
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.
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 Email: email@example.com Mailing: P.O. Box 5058, Paso Robles, CA 93447
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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