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 Vineyard in Santa Barbara County. The 77 acre vineyard was planted in 1997.
Bright crimson in color with a little bricking at the edge. 15.2% ABV. Sublime nose of black and blue fruits, olive brine, flowers and Whitman Sampler box. Full bodied with exceptional acidity. Well balanced. Sleek, silky and plush. Blackberry liqueur, blueberry, espresso and black olives on the palate. The finish is long and seamless. Tremendous wine and any comparisons to Saxum and SQN are fair. Best over the next 2-4 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 be available at retail in 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.