Bottle Notes, Syrah

2012 Lillian Syrah – Bottle Notes

Maggie Harrison was assistant winemaker to Manfred Krankl of Sine Qua Non for eight years before moving to Oregon to take over the wine making position at Antica Terra. Lillian Winery, founded in 2004, represents Maggie’s personal project and reflects everything that she learned during her time at Sine Qua Non.

The fruit for the Lillian Syrah comes from the White Hawk, Stolpman and Bien Nacido Vineyards in Santa Barbara County.

Opaque purple in color. 14.7% ABV. Dark, brooding nose of black fruits, barbecued meats, flowers and olive brine. Big and full bodied with perfect acidity. Exceptional concentration with a luscious core of sweet fruits. Blueberries, blackberry liqueur, espresso and charred meat on the palate. The finish is glorious with silky tannins. Amazing Syrah. Every bit as good as the monumental ’09 and ’10. About as good as it gets from California. Drink over the next 4-6 years.

My rating: 96 points.

Lillian belongs in the discussion of best domestic syrahs with the likes of Cayuse, Saxum and Sine Qua Non.

The wine is available via the web site once a year and current vintages run about $75. The 2016 was recently released to the mailing list and is likely available at retail in the Portland area.

I previously blogged about Lillian forgoing their mailing list which is great news for those of you looking to secure a few bottles.

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