This big, bold, fresh bottle of wine isn’t for the faint-of-heart. But for those who love a big gutsy wine, this is just the ticket. I loved its forward blackberry, boysenberry and plum flavors layered with notes of leather, spice, black pepper and earth. It offers a tasty mixture of classic Rhone and ripe California Syrah styles. It’s higher in alcohol at 16 percent but the luscious fruit hides it. It’s hard to resist sipping away at it, this Syrah is so flavorful. It’s keeps getting better with age, and it’s sure to improve in the cellar over the next 10 years. If you can’t wait, enjoy it with big flavorful dishes like a bowl of black bean chili with steak, grilled red meats, game, or spice-rubbed spareribs. Available at Monterey St. Wine Co. in SLO and 15 Degrees C in Templeton, it’s $36 retail, a value in the price/quality ratio, www.hermanstorywines.com.
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