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 set listed below was set loose in Fall 2014. If you want to get in on the action and try some of my stuff, you can scroll down and join the WAIT LIST FOR MY WINE CLUB, 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 – Sunday from 11AM – 4PM and I would love to see your shining face there.

Earnestly yours,

Russell P. From

CURRENT WINES


2012 BOLT CUTTER

  • Varietals: 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Syrah, 20% Petite Sirah, 6% Petit Verdot
  • Appellation: California
  • Vineyards: Coghlan, Full Draw, Murmur, Presqu’ile, Road Runner, White Cliffs, White Hawk
  • Aging: 70% New and 30% Neutral French Oak for 22 months
  • 643 cases made
  • TASTING NOTES:
    This is what you felt like when you had your first dinner at a Michelin starred restaurant with the one that got away: svelte, elegant and deliriously rich with the lingering sense that you were getting away with something. Raspberry coulis amuse bouche, grilled steak crust, Drambuie, Lebanese Cyprus, blood orange oil, Iron Root and Frankincense with a, pure, prolonged, sigh-heavy body and a finish that ends ten years later.
    (DRINK NOW: 1+ hour decant. CELLAR: 6-8 years.)


2011 LATE BLOOMER

  • Varietals: 100% Grenache
  • Appellation: California
  • Vineyards: Alamo Creek, Murmur, Santa Barbara Highlands, Terra Bella, Vogelzang
  • Aging: 25% New and 75% Neutral French Oak for 36 months
  • 563 cases made
  • TASTING NOTES:
    Lawrence of Arabia’s favorite secret Saharan oasis: lush, pure, refined and exotic. Clove spiced blackberry, dragon fruit, anise seed, fruit tagine, softened cinnamon stick, kaleidoscopic Persian rug, cardamom and revived cherry, all wrapped together with a bluster of cool, sage infused air and the familiar embrace of an old friend.
    DRINK NOW: 30 minute decant, CELLAR: 4-6 years


2012 CASUAL ENCOUNTERS

  • Varietals: 41% Syrah, 37% Grenache, 18% Mourvedre, 4% Tannat
  • Appellation: California
  • Vineyards: Luna Matta, Murmur, Presqu’ile, Santa Barbara Highlands, Shadow Canyon, Stolpman, Terra Bella, White Cliffs, White Hawk
  • Aging: 55% New and 45% Neutral French
    Oak for 22 months
  • 1063 cases made
  • TASTING NOTES:
    This is a black-tie Argentine Asado prepared by a true Gaucho: rustic yet refined, affable with truly unbelievable portions. Bacon wrapped dates, blueberry demi-glace, charred lamb, mate, Fernet and Coke, crispy duck confit, milk chocolate, Turkish coffee and mint jelly with fresh baked mollasis cookies and brambleberry ice cream for dessert.
    DRINK NOW: 1+ hour decant, CELLAR: 5-8 years


2012 WHITE HAWK

  • Varietals: 98% Syrah, 2% Viognier
  • Appellation: Santa Barbara County
  • Vineyards: White Hawk
  • Aging: 65% New and 35% Neutral French Oak for 22 months
  • 469 cases made
  • TASTING NOTES:
    Like picking up the pieces after a meteor crashes clear through your entire house, breaking everything in it’s path: busted dresser drawers, red Twizzlers, meatflowers, oil leak, Ovaltene out of the jar, crushed chocolate chip cookie, black peppercorn, broken soil and cracked granite.
    DRINK NOW: at your own risk, CELLAR: 8-10 years


2012 LARNER

  • Varietals: 100% Syrah
  • Appellation: Ballard Canyon
  • Vineyards: Larner
  • Aging: 55% New and 45% Neutral French Oak for 22 months
  • 214 cases made
  • TASTING NOTES:
    Like your grandfather’s tall tale of how he once stole a whole sprig of fresh, ripe black currants out of the paws of a black bear, and then won the ensuing wrestling match. Evergreen bough, English strawberries, sassafras limb, rose petals, violet encrusted lamb shank, raw earth, leather journal and berry medley. He was almost certainly lying, but he did have those scars and that taxidermied bear…
    DRINK NOW: 1+ hour decant, CELLAR: 5-8 years

WINE CLUB WAIT LIST

Unfortunately, I only have enough wine to accommodate sales to my current, super-sexy, Wine Club Members and the savvy folks who swing by my tasting room… In the mean time, consider joining my Wine Club Wait 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 – Sunday from 11AM – 4PM. You can also call me at 805.237.2400 to check further availability.

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MAILING LIST

Not feeling up to a case a year, but still want to keep in touch? Take it to the friend zone by joining the mailing list. Receive periodic updates on releases, recipes for fried chicken and stories from the field. It’s one of the smartest decisions you’ll ever make.

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CONTACT

My winery and tasting room is located at:
1227 Paso Robles St, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Open from 11-4 Thursday-Sunday, 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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