A quick read of the Herman Story Wines website prepared my palate for a unique tasting experience. But I was still impressed. An industrial setting can become a calm and peaceful respite, given a little love.
Freedom can take many forms. I sure relish mine. The proprietors of this winery encourage a community of winemakers to be innovative, which is why employees want to stay and exercise their creative juices. Their results are tremendously delicious.
Big enough body and oak for red wine lovers; big toasted pineapple for white wine lovers.
Slight bramble with a hint of herbs softly greets your nose. The aroma matches wits with red fruit flavors reminiscent of strawberry and cherry with earth that bites back, if you’re into that sort of thing. A long chewy finish made this wine lovable.
Herman Story Wines’ flagship probably gets its notoriety from blending cool climate grapes with hot ones. All grapes from the central coast mix well together with berries and plum coalescing with a thick swallow of eucalyptus and black pepper. I see why it’s such a popular one.
2020 Petite Sirah
This one smelled like blueberry walnut crumble baking in the kitchen while a lavender farm wafted in through the window. It was a big bold wine but purple enough to feel soft and loving on the palate.
If you don’t follow me on social media, I’ve also raved about their member parties because they not only have wines but encourage likeminded winemakers to also pour among lavish food, gelato, live music, chair massages, at an industrial and casual atmosphere right downtown.