Bonny Doon Vineyard

Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah

8.961 ratings
8.819 pro ratings
Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California, USA
Syrah
Top Notes For
Eric Urbani

A tad boring, will try again later.

A tad boring, will try again later.

Dec 24th, 2018
Andreya Nightingale

When I was 19, my boyfriend, “J”, and I went backpacking at Big Sur. We camped in a little grove at the feet of giant sequoias next to a babbling stream whose shore was blanketed in fuzzy moss and delicate dancing ferns. The air was pregnant with a dampness that coaxed more smoke than flame from our humble cooking fire. We made pasta, which fell onto the ground, collecting bits of bark and dirt that, “would add more flavor” J happily exclaimed- I was suspicious. This syrah is that place in my glass. Earthy, smoky, mossy, tinged with delicate red fruit and a surprising acidity. But, much like J and I naively scrambling to care for ourselves in the wild, this wine needs a little more age to become the fullest version of itself.

When I was 19, my boyfriend, “J”, and I went backpacking at Big Sur. We camped in a little grove at the feet of giant sequoias next to a babbling stream whose shore was blanketed in fuzzy moss and delicate dancing ferns. The air was pregnant with a dampness that coaxed more smoke than flame from our humble cooking fire. We made pasta, which fell onto the ground, collecting bits of bark and dirt that, “would add more flavor” J happily exclaimed- I was suspicious. This syrah is that place in my glass. Earthy, smoky, mossy, tinged with delicate red fruit and a surprising acidity. But, much like J and I naively scrambling to care for ourselves in the wild, this wine needs a little more age to become the fullest version of itself.

Nov 30th, 2018
Meg Maker

Wine Writer, Maker's Table

8.5

Aromatically, this wine is about red cherries, black raspberries, bean paste, and eggshell. On the palate it’s about soy sauce and dark red fruits. It’s deeply savory, almost Marmite savory, with a zing of red fruits at the finish. 13.9% abv

Aromatically, this wine is about red cherries, black raspberries, bean paste, and eggshell. On the palate it’s about soy sauce and dark red fruits. It’s deeply savory, almost Marmite savory, with a zing of red fruits at the finish. 13.9% abv

1 person found it helpfulFeb 19th, 2015
Meg Maker

Wine Writer, Maker's Table

9.0

Deep ruby-purple. Soy sauce, cured meat, coffee, and a suggestion of black fruits highlight the aromatics. The body is deeply savory, with a velvety texture and flavors of black currant and black plum skin. Needs meat and further age. 13.9% abv | $36 (sample)

Deep ruby-purple. Soy sauce, cured meat, coffee, and a suggestion of black fruits highlight the aromatics. The body is deeply savory, with a velvety texture and flavors of black currant and black plum skin. Needs meat and further age. 13.9% abv | $36 (sample)

1 person found it helpfulJan 19th, 2015
Randy Fuller

Bien Nacido. Earth. Dark. That's all you need to know.

Bien Nacido. Earth. Dark. That's all you need to know.

1 person found it helpfulJan 4th, 2015
Kevin Walsh

Wine blogger doxologywine.com; Freelance Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers) Doxology Wine Consulting

8.9

a wine that does the Rhone proud. savory, gamey, with an earthly finish. can use with almost any food.

a wine that does the Rhone proud. savory, gamey, with an earthly finish. can use with almost any food.

1 person found it helpfulNov 3rd, 2014
Ryan Schmied

Peppered bacon

Peppered bacon

1 person found it helpfulAug 28th, 2014
Chantal Forthun

Winemaker Flowers Vineyard & Winery

8.6

Only one leg over the hill.

Only one leg over the hill.

1 person found it helpfulMar 28th, 2014
Kevin Walsh

Wine blogger doxologywine.com; Freelance Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers) Doxology Wine Consulting

8.7

Blackberry bramble and plum. Silky texture on the palate with well integrated acidity and subtle tannins.

Blackberry bramble and plum. Silky texture on the palate with well integrated acidity and subtle tannins.

1 person found it helpfulMar 24th, 2014
Beau Carufel

Winemaker/Owner Random Wine Company

9.2

Bonny Doon's 2008 syrah is outstanding. Deft balance between power and finesse means there is plenty of ripe fruit, tar, and pepper notes along with lively acidity and supple tannin.

Bonny Doon's 2008 syrah is outstanding. Deft balance between power and finesse means there is plenty of ripe fruit, tar, and pepper notes along with lively acidity and supple tannin.

1 person found it helpfulDec 23rd, 2012