Inky purple color. Exotic, powerfully scented bouquet of boysenberry, cherry-cola, vanilla, sandalwood and dried rose. Deep, sweet and smoky, offering palate-coating dark berry liqueur, bitter chocolate and candied vanilla flavors, with strong spiciness and florality providing lift: nothing remotely shy about this wine. The finish echoes the vanilla and smoke notes and clings with velvety tannins and great tenacity. A real head-turner, and even more baroque than the excellent 2005. This needs a peppery piece of grilled red meat.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Nov/Dec 09
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94
The second release from Maggie Harrison, previously an apprentice at Sine Qua Non, the 2006 Syrah from Lillian is even better than the excellent 2005. Totally sourced from the White Hawk Vineyard, and aged in 65% new oak for 23 months, there are 508 cases of this beautiful Syrah. Notes of creme de cassis, blackberries, spice, incense, flowers, ground pepper, licorice, and subtle smoke are followed by a full-bodied, layered, multidimensional, big (15.6% alcohol) Syrah. Beautifully balanced, elegant, and pure, it should age gracefully for a decade or more.
A deep saturated purple, the pure and graceful Syrah shows aromas of licorice, smoky spice, Dr. Pepper, bitter chocolate, flowers and vanilla. The finish is long with well-integrated, silky tannins. Kudos to Maggie Harrison!
Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Self | Rating:
Did not record much on this wine, but recognizing that I am taking it out of inventory.
Self | Rating: 95
Pretty amazing stuff. This combination of power and balance is difficult to achieve. The savory elements are intellectually stimulating and the sweet tannins hedonistic. This is going to be such a beauty with age.