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TOMBOY Tomboy is the white wine for the red wine drinker, and the only white wine in Herman Story. Focused on texture and explosive aromatics, it is a Rhone white for those have tired of stainless and concrete. It is not sweet, and not for wimps.

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ON THE ROAD It takes 4 hours to drive from Chelle Mountain to Santa Barbara Highlands, a drive Russell From knows very well. On the Road derives its name from the immense distance between his best Grenache vineyards and the 10,000 miles his truck endures during harvest. 50% whole cluster fermentation adds structure and length to the finish. The 2011 vintage garnered a spot on Wine Spectator’s Top 100.

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NUTS AND BOLTS For many, Nuts & Bolts functions as the Herman Story Gateway Drug. Each vintage delivers a Syrah of exceptional structure, body and power. Nuts & Bolts is built of the most opulent, expressive Syrah barrels in the cellar. 2014 encompasses 11 vineyards from 7 AVAs.

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CASUAL ENCOUNTERS Casual Encounters takes its name from the orgiastic nature of its origins as a blend of small cofermented lots. The 2013 vintage saw 30% whole cluster fermentation.

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LATE BLOOMER Late Bloomer is the late draft pick that emerges as a scoreboard leader. It is comprised of a selection of lots that Russell babies for 3 years in a back corner of the winery. Aged without stirring or racking and topped every 2 weeks. The gangly kid on the label is a wine club member whose photo was selected by a panel of “experts” out of a hundred or so submissions from around the globe. 

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MILK & HONEY For Russell P. From Paso is a place to push new frontiers in the exploration of full-force flavor. Milk & Honey exposes the best of the promised land. Tempranillo was chosen as the base of this blend due to its similarity to one of Paso’s new keystone varietals, Grenache, while also giving a nod to the region’s stylistic similarities to Ribero del Duero. While Paso is an emerald city for some, it is also home to derelicts and grifters and ne'er–do–wells, for whom the artwork is an homage. 

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BOLT CUTTER 2012 was the inaugural vintage of Bolt Cutter. This second vintage was made with a majority share of Bordeaux varietals. The wine is a swerve from the historically Rhone focus of Herman Story. The name is a playful nod to Russell P. From’s most iconic wine: Nuts & Bolts. This is Herman Story for the “I only drink Napa Cab” crowd. 

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SMASH CITY What 6 foot tires, 1,200 horsepower and a gallon a second are to a Prius, Smash City is to Pinot Noir. There is no talk of micro-climates, battonage or rootstock when this beast hits the glass. It's just pure, unadulterated pleasure. Smash City will get you smiling faster than a county fair corn dog when you're on a diet. And don't worry, it can't become a habit because there'll never be too much to go around. 

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AFTER HOURS Do you dream of building a Hearst Castle style mansion that overlooks the speedway, so you can lounge in the pool and watch drag races? Are you a fan of full contact flower arranging? Do you hate it when men shower and shave? Well then this is for you. Rosé of Grenache with a straight six that burns nothing but rose petals, cherries and inhibitions. nuf’ said. 

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DAYS PROJECT Extended maceration reaches its apogee with the Days Project. In 2007, From became curious about what would happen if finished wine was left in contact with its whole berries until harvest the following vintage. The numerical name of each wine represents the number of days the wine spent on its skins.

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SINGLE VINEYARD DESIGNATES

 
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LARNER VINEYARD Larner Vineyard was winemaker Russell P. From's first fruit contract for Herman Story back in 2001 and over a decade later he is still working with the same block, same rows, same clones. Named by Robert Parker as a potential Grand Cru site, Larner Vineyard consistantly produces Syrah and Grenache of singular character. 
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WHITE HAWK Russell has been producing a single vineyard White Hawk in tiny quantities since the 2005 vintage. Typically produced in a Côte Rôtie style with up to 5% cofermented Viognier. The site is a rolling hillside in the Los Alamos hills almost entirely comprised of beach sand. 90 degree days with 55 degree nights during peak growing season. This wine, year in year out, showcases the fanged, dark monster in the closet side of Syrah. For anyone who cooks bacon naked. 

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BIEN NACIDO GRENACHE Planted and run by the Miller family since 1969, Bien Nacido has been the source for the Central Coast’s most mythical wines and is a crown jewel of winemakers. From’s first large winemaking position was as operations manager for the Miller family’s custom crush facility. His tenure with the Millers also marked the founding of Herman Story. This represents From’s triumphant homecoming.

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BIEN NACIDO SYRAH Planted and run by the Miller family since 1969, Bien Nacido has been the source for the Central Coast’s most mythical wines and is a crown jewel of winemakers. From’s first large winemaking position was as operations manager for the Miller family’s custom crush facility. His tenure with the Millers also marked the founding of Herman Story. This represents From’s triumphant homecoming.

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JOHN SEBASTIANO The 2013 represents the second vintage of the John Sebastiano Vineyard. The vineyard straddles the St. Rita Hills AVA, with Pinot and Chardonnay in the AVA and Rhone varietals across a dirt road. Syrah comes from the top of an impossibly steep northwest facing hillside (<30% grade, tractor tipping territory). 2013 had near-perfect growing conditions with very cool, fog laden evenings and mornings and warm afternoons.

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ONE HIT WONDER Larner Vineyard was winemaker Russell P. From's first fruit contract for Herman Story back in 2001 and over a decade later he is still working with the same block, same rows, same clones. Named by Robert Parker as a potential Grand Cru site, Larner Vineyard consistantly produces Syrah and Grenache of singular character.

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