I wasn’t very optimistic about this wine, I opened a bottle of it about 16 months ago and was disappointed. I thought that my pessimism might not be warranted given my recent experience with the Bonny Doon Vineyard DEWN Mourvedre Contra Costa County 2000. Perhaps Bonny Doon’s wines really are made for the long haul and my last bottle was just one bad apple.
The last 8 years have not been kind to this BDV Syrah. There isn’t much fruit or body left to it. It tasted old, musty and lifeless and I couldn’t bring myself to have more than a glass of it.
Sorry, it does hurt me to say it — those that know me would say that I am a fan of Bonny Doon Vineyard and Randall Grahm. I do remember tasting this around the year 2000 and thinking it was a very good Syrah, but it certainly didn’t hold up very well.