Lillian Winery

California Syrah

9.323 ratings
9.16 pro ratings
California, USA
Syrah
Lamb
Top Notes For
Darin Kendrick

Blue label. Musty iberico and blue fruits. Very unique and lovely wine.

Blue label. Musty iberico and blue fruits. Very unique and lovely wine.

Sep 6th, 2015
TheSkip

Oh Lillian! I would marry you!!! Just so lithe and elegant a beauty that I’m sure was full beast at birth. Wonderful.

Oh Lillian! I would marry you!!! Just so lithe and elegant a beauty that I’m sure was full beast at birth. Wonderful.

May 13th, 2019
TheSkip

The best Lillian I have had. Pop and pour, this was singing right out the gate. Everything has come into balance. The exuberant fruit of its youth has mellowed. The tannins wonderfully integrated.

The best Lillian I have had. Pop and pour, this was singing right out the gate. Everything has come into balance. The exuberant fruit of its youth has mellowed. The tannins wonderfully integrated.

Jul 7th, 2018
Roman Sukley

I've been having some rather inconsistent experiences with Lillian lately, but this 05 is at the top of its game. Black as night with a ruby rim. Wonderful, expressive nose. Dark berry fruits, sweet cassis and baking spices. Silky mouth feel. Big, bold and voluptuous. Long, lingering finish. Simply fabulous.

I've been having some rather inconsistent experiences with Lillian lately, but this 05 is at the top of its game. Black as night with a ruby rim. Wonderful, expressive nose. Dark berry fruits, sweet cassis and baking spices. Silky mouth feel. Big, bold and voluptuous. Long, lingering finish. Simply fabulous.

Mar 11th, 2017
Matt Ryan

Hospitality Director Big Basin Vineyards

Benchmark Syrah. V-12 firing on all cylinders. Black label.

Benchmark Syrah. V-12 firing on all cylinders. Black label.

Feb 22nd, 2014
Roman Sukley

This is the '05 so-called "Blue Label" which isn't very blue, but I digress. I was a little rough on the last Lillian I opened, which I believe was the '06 regular bottling. It was a might underwhelming. This bottle has more highs than lows. Inky black color. Swirl the wine and you can't count the legs in the glass. Absolute knockout nose of licorice, spice and Dr Pepper. Best part of the experience for me. SO inviting. The downside is that the fruit is a little muted. Still some black fruit essence, however. And a bit hot on the finish. I guess I would still say it's best days are in the rear view mirror, but I'll hang on to a few to revisit somewhere down the road. Apologies to @Bill Bender for the absence of breasts in the photo.

This is the '05 so-called "Blue Label" which isn't very blue, but I digress. I was a little rough on the last Lillian I opened, which I believe was the '06 regular bottling. It was a might underwhelming. This bottle has more highs than lows. Inky black color. Swirl the wine and you can't count the legs in the glass. Absolute knockout nose of licorice, spice and Dr Pepper. Best part of the experience for me. SO inviting. The downside is that the fruit is a little muted. Still some black fruit essence, however. And a bit hot on the finish. I guess I would still say it's best days are in the rear view mirror, but I'll hang on to a few to revisit somewhere down the road. Apologies to @Bill Bender for the absence of breasts in the photo.

Aug 20th, 2016
Jeffrey Lewis

Still vibrant at ten years old. Figs, pepper blueberry. A little bramble.

Still vibrant at ten years old. Figs, pepper blueberry. A little bramble.

Nov 20th, 2015
Roman Sukley

Never disappointed by Maggie's wines. Big, bold and voluptuous. 05 is one of my favorite vintages.

Never disappointed by Maggie's wines. Big, bold and voluptuous. 05 is one of my favorite vintages.

Feb 15th, 2015
Mike D
9.7

Jacks 3rd Birthday

Jacks 3rd Birthday

Oct 29th, 2014
Roman Sukley

Drinking really well. Seductive nose. Love the way these Lillian's are aging.

Drinking really well. Seductive nose. Love the way these Lillian's are aging.

Sep 13th, 2014