2003 Ojai Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard


  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Santa Maria Valley
Drink between 2008 - 2018 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 38

  • mdvino63 Likes this wine: 92 points

    July 31, 2017 - Deep blood red. Beautiful nose of meat, dark red fruits. Deep. Succulent, ripe fruit with nice acidity to balance it so it is not heavy of jammy, though it is rich and thick. Really a terrific California Syrah that is drinking fabulously well right now and should go on for several more years. Seriously, I wish I could throw this into a Guigal LaLa tasting. It would show Cali, but would make people perk up and think twice for a moment. Wish I had more.

  • sesalmon Likes this wine: 88 points

    November 14, 2015 - A nice wine still showing fruit but definitely past its prime. Went well with my lamb shank.

  • BigNightOut wrote: 88 points

    November 20, 2013 - A good wine that did well in the cellar but nothing exceptional here. Went fairly well with most foods we threw at it, but I don't think this is getting any better. Good quality but little of interest.
    The wife says "It was good."

  • Mootsie Does not like this wine: 86 points

    January 25, 2013 - Sort of a shame. A 10 year old Bien Nacido should be better than this. Medicinal, hot and diluted. Little of the prized elements of this grape or vineyard showing.
    Day 2 better, but still like drinking cough medicine. Bummer.

  • PangurBan wrote: 92 points

    February 13, 2012 - Shows aromas and the tast of black berries and dark pit fruit with a hint of garden herbs. Well balanced with fine, nicely integrated tannins. The finish is long and pleasent with chocolate and maybe licorice emerging. The wine in aging beautifully and should last for several more years if properly cellared.

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  • By Jon Rimmerman
    5/23/2008 (link)

    (BIEN NACIDO Syrah OJAI) Ojai Dear Friends, I'm avoiding a wild ram as I type this (I'm not kidding - it's beside the road and looks quite menacing although probably won't come near me) - a fact of life up in central British Colombia where wild (large) mountain animals continue to run free. I'm going to take a photo of this and post it on the web site next week as it's one of the largest animals I've seen in a while. I like the concept of wild animals with room to roam but the size of this ram looks like it could puncture my little rental car and push it off the side of the road. I stopped to take in the view but maybe I'll move a few hundred yards down the road... To cap off the pre-weekend festivities, here are three top wines from Ojai, all at prices that are eye-opening indeed. All have perfect provenance. We do not have much at this price level, so please be patient with Niki. Have a great weekend everyone - - Jon Rimmerman 2005 Ojai Santa Barbara County Syrah STRICT LIMIT 3/person (This wine is an absolute steal and I am not alone in this opinion....) 2003 Ojai Bien Nacido Syrah STRICT LIMIT 3/person 2005 Ojai Bien Nacido Pinot Noir STRICT LIMIT 3/person Thank you, Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA CA8910 CA8920 CA8930

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2003
  • Type Red
  • Producer Ojai
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Bien Nacido Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Santa Maria Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 3 (1%)
  • In Cellars 97 (34%)
  • Consumed 183 (65%)

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