Tasting Note                         

92+   2005  Ojai   Bien Nacido Syrah (Santa Maria Valley)   12/20/15  ($40)

Color: Very deep, dense black ruby. (3.5) Bouquet: Concentrated blackberry jam, black licorice and sweet tar with spice and crushed black pepper underneath. (3.5) Body: Heavyweight with outstanding fruit, acidity and smooth tannins. Rich mouthfeel that coats. (3.5) Flavor: A little less delicious and expressive than bouquet. (3.0) Finish: Long, but again not the bouquet. Has slight black licorice bitterness. (3.0)
Overall: An intense Syrah with loads of concentrated blackberry jam, black licorice and sweet tar. A heaightweight with rich, mouthcoating body. Not yet as expressive in the flavor and finish as the bouquet. Drink now and in the next 5 years. Likely to improve. (16.5)

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