Lillian Winery

California Syrah

9.2371 ratings
9.291 pro ratings
California, USA
Syrah
Top Notes For
Conrad Green

Deep and rich blackcurrant, some smoky wood and menthol. Lush with a bit of alcohol burn. Intense.

Deep and rich blackcurrant, some smoky wood and menthol. Lush with a bit of alcohol burn. Intense.

Apr 28th, 2019
Shay A
9.4

Every time I have these wines, I’m reminded why I enjoy them so much. This balances the line between Walla Walla funk and Napa fruit bomb style Syrah. There is some bacon fat, stem and olive upfront on the nose but enough black and blue fruit to bring in some sweetness. Fuzzy and lively on the palate with smoked wood, peppercorn and mulberry. My friend @TheSkip introduced me to Lillian a year or two ago and I’m so glad he did.

Every time I have these wines, I’m reminded why I enjoy them so much. This balances the line between Walla Walla funk and Napa fruit bomb style Syrah. There is some bacon fat, stem and olive upfront on the nose but enough black and blue fruit to bring in some sweetness. Fuzzy and lively on the palate with smoked wood, peppercorn and mulberry. My friend @TheSkip introduced me to Lillian a year or two ago and I’m so glad he did.

Apr 27th, 2019
"Odedi"

A great Syrah from an Oregon Winery, but the grapes come from California. Made by the previous assistant wine maker of Sine Qua Non.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, vanilla, licorice, wood, chocolates, coffee and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

Needs an hour to open up properly and show some tannins.

Well balanced and complex with a great mouthfeel. Delicious and yummy.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$80.

A great Syrah from an Oregon Winery, but the grapes come from California. Made by the previous assistant wine maker of Sine Qua Non.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, vanilla, licorice, wood, chocolates, coffee and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

Needs an hour to open up properly and show some tannins.

Well balanced and complex with a great mouthfeel. Delicious and yummy.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$80.

Apr 5th, 2019
Henrik Poulsen

With the next Mailing List offer arriving this coming week it was time to check in on some of the older stash.

Despite the cork coming up in two pieces this is the best bottle to date.
Everything in the right place and for a CA Syrah at 15.3% with 10+ years of aging that requires very special winemaking skills (at least for my palate).

Maggie ROCKS!!



@Delectable Wine Your location app (still) has issues.
I searched for “City of Napa” and got Saudi Arabia and Kuwait as suggestions....??

With the next Mailing List offer arriving this coming week it was time to check in on some of the older stash.

Despite the cork coming up in two pieces this is the best bottle to date.
Everything in the right place and for a CA Syrah at 15.3% with 10+ years of aging that requires very special winemaking skills (at least for my palate).

Maggie ROCKS!!



@Delectable Wine Your location app (still) has issues.
I searched for “City of Napa” and got Saudi Arabia and Kuwait as suggestions....??

Feb 9th, 2019
Colin Shirek

Production Cristom Vineyards, Hirsch Vineyards

9.4

😍😍😍🤗

😍😍😍🤗

Mar 19th, 2018
Henrik Poulsen

14.5% alc (according to label).

14.5% alc (according to label).

Mar 5th, 2018
Tracy Hall

Cooked Syrah

Cooked Syrah

Jan 17th, 2018
Isaac Pirolo

Sunday decanted. Maggie Harrison’s 2013 Lillian Syrah. Maggie was assistant winemaker to Manfred Krankl of Sine Qua Non for eight years before moving to Oregon to take over at Antica Terra. Lillian represents Maggie’s personal project and reflects everything that she learned during her time at Sine Qua Non. Fascinated by the “cannot unsee” factor of this wine... like those pictures that show two different things in one image... this is a Syrah that if given the right perspective will morph into a Cabernet.

Sunday decanted. Maggie Harrison’s 2013 Lillian Syrah. Maggie was assistant winemaker to Manfred Krankl of Sine Qua Non for eight years before moving to Oregon to take over at Antica Terra. Lillian represents Maggie’s personal project and reflects everything that she learned during her time at Sine Qua Non. Fascinated by the “cannot unsee” factor of this wine... like those pictures that show two different things in one image... this is a Syrah that if given the right perspective will morph into a Cabernet.

Nov 6th, 2017
Shawn R

Maggie was once a student under Manfred Krankl, this bottle was her second vintage. Shows a restrained nose even after 3 hours after the decant. Hints of wild game and blackberry compote on the nose. Sweet tannins that integrate well and provide backbone. Layers of cassis, plum and wild flowers set up a stellar finish that sails for over a minute.

Maggie was once a student under Manfred Krankl, this bottle was her second vintage. Shows a restrained nose even after 3 hours after the decant. Hints of wild game and blackberry compote on the nose. Sweet tannins that integrate well and provide backbone. Layers of cassis, plum and wild flowers set up a stellar finish that sails for over a minute.

Aug 12th, 2017
Mike Dombrow

Buyer Sunfish Cellars

8.8

Well made. At peak. Broken sticks, crushed blueberries, and a skitch too much latent fruit.

Well made. At peak. Broken sticks, crushed blueberries, and a skitch too much latent fruit.

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