Decanted and consumed over 3 hours. I really enjoy this wine and it's very well made. However the price is high for new vintages and while this '08 was a bunch cheaper I am not sure I'll be buying anymore. Great Paso Syrah up in the top range of its class, but should be some more complexity / depth at 7 years old for the price.
Big Wines Night - or how a Riesling stole the show?: What a pretty wine.... though this did not take the cake tonight - this was a revelation to me personally. vanilla and smooth sexy velvet... this is the One to cuddle with. Ripe plums, blackberry, hints of coco... long finish that coats the mouth and pulls your lips into a smile... SEXY beast!!
The more bottles of Lillian Syrah that I drink, the more I get an understanding of its character. This wine shows luscious purple fruits, framed by oak, and black pepper spice - but you can say that about so many New World syrahs. What sets this wine apart is that they all come together so harmoniously - the fruit has a special rich loveliness on the palate and lovely violet perfume. The pepper note has an intensity that is not overpowering; rather it has a vividness. I think much of this is owing to the White Hawk vineyard that it's sourced from, but I guess later vintages could answer this question as I believe other sources are now mixed into this bottling. Just a gorgeous, lovely wine. 94-95
Really great Lillian in a great place. Prominent pepper spice on the nose and palate along with purple fruit. Acidity, tannins, and oak are in balance with a plushness to the fruit. Long finish of coffee, toast and spice. In its drinking plateau.
PnP from a cool cellar. Really dark in the glass. Nose of raspberry jam. Lots of raspberry and quite a streak of acid. Finishes long with black tea. Really nice now, but it has a few years ahead. Delicious. Excellent (90~93)
Drank at a local restaurant with no decanting. The wine was clear and a deep purple. Tons of cherries on the nose as well as in the glass. The levels of spices was quite manageable and the tannins and acidity were also not overbearing. Overall, a very enjoyable and youthful wine.
Deep purple in glass, incredible aromas of blackberry, blueberry compote and roasted meat, which carry to the palate in waves of richness and intensity, and somehow never seem to be out of balance or overpowering with the meal. At release, this was a bit difficult to predict the future of the wine, but it is just now showing a hint of just how great it will become over the next decade or so. The fruit is memorable, there is still a splash of bright acidity to balance, and the tannins are rounding out and more embracing than just a couple of years ago. Terrific effort, thanks Maggie!
Drank with anniversary dinner (2008 marriage, so this seemed appropriate). Opened up bottle an hour or two before dinner and brought to a restaurant. Very nice wine. Big ripe red fruits and good stuff going on. I thought it was big but within balance; my wife and I both really enjoyed the bottle with a nice meal.
Efter en timme i karaff, direkt ur vinkyl: Doft: Otroligt tät frukt, vilket jag gillar. Solmogen, lite kryddighet, tätt och intensivt. Alkoholstark. ändå lite is (?), Smak: Mörk frukt, lagon alkohol, Lång eftersmak. Älskar den. Kommer köpa mer om tillfälle ges,Kan lagras längre. Bör kanske drickas till mat,, men jag tar det som det är varje dag i veckan..;)
Decanted and drank over 12 hours. Had with cheese earlier in the day and then pasta later. Couldn't get past the heat here. I like what was going on underneath, but too much. I have liked Lillian in the past for being more balanced (relative to other "big reds"), but this once wasn't = maybe in a funky stage?
Nose of chocolate, dark fruit, smoke, just a hint of roasted spices and some Black olives. The palate is medium to full bodied, velvety and with Black currants and blackberries. Smooth tannins, nice balance and even "some grace":-)
This was drank at a local restaurant after 4 hours of decanting. To sum up this wine tonight, all I can say is "Wow"! This stunning clear wine was purple in colour and had a nose of spices. In the glass were flavours of red cherries, chocolate and some caramel. The levels of tannins and acidity as well as spices were just to my liking. This was an amazing bottle.
WOW. One of the best bottles I've had in a long time. Opened and gave it a try but was super tight. Recorked after 3 hours and brought to dinner at Hakkasan later that evening and boy did it change. Very SQN like but at a fraction of the cost. Def. going to be searching for more.
2-hour decant, consumed over 3 hours. singing its siren song of heady black cherries, blackberry cobbler and raspberry coulis with some mineral undertones as I popped and poured into the decanter. when we started in, it retained fresh blackberry purée notes, but with a very intense savory umami note. as the night wore on, the savory meaty aspects continued to evolve and push the dark fruit flavors ever so slightly to the side. the texture was beautiful and velvety, and the finish was all about roasted black fruits, spice box, some vanilla and chocolate flavors, and more spice and pepper. this, unlike the 08 Keplinger Kingpin Rows I revisited recently, is continuing to evolve and improve. I did not find any seams or hard edges, and found the balance to be impeccable. it has a very long life ahead, but if you get antsy it will not disappoint. if scoring, I'm landing on 96-98. I'm so in love with Lillian, just wish I could afford more.
Decanted two hours. Big nose of blue and black fruits, black pepper, ripe olives, vanilla and spicy oak. On the palate, lush with blueberry, blackberry, pepper, and nice spice. Finishes long with alcohol peeking through just a little too much. Am I turning into an AFWE?
As a Chinon/Beaujolais kind of guy, this wine was far out of my frame of reference, but after three nights, I came away really impressed. Upon opening, the vanilla, oak, alcohol, and massive sweet fruit just overwhelmed my palate. Stashed it in the fridge for a day and things started to settle down, with spices and floral tones emerging from behind the dark fruit. By day three, this had become something much more balanced and beautiful, with some real finesse accompanying the underlying power. Lesson learned: let this sleep for a good while longer, and it'll likely have lots more in store.
2 hour decant. I am not a huge Syrah fan but do enjoy some of them a lot. This is one I love A LOT. It just has the most wonderful fruit flavors while still keeping that roasted/ raw meat flavor of Syrah. Just such a wonderful mouthfeel & a finish that goes on & on.
Hustler meets The Economist. This wine is slutty with a calculus degree. Whitehawk fruit brings some serious stuff. Pretty impressive depth with loads of spice box and vanilla. Not for the faint at heart and for everyone with a heart. Maggie Harrison you got this one right. Finish is like Poe's Tell Tale Heart. It just keeps beating and beating. It will be fun to follow this for the next 5+ years.
Couldn't resist opening another bottle of this for Valentines Day. I'm starting to feel a compulsion to horde this wine.
Decanted 4+ hours. 15.3% ABV
This is fantastic tonight, along with some Aged Prime NY Strip steaks from the local butcher. Wife agrees! Ticking this up another point; I'm in love.
My first thought when I tasted this today was '06 SQN Raven. Consistent with my last notes; a gorgeous wine, cured meat, salami?, florals, vanilla, wife says pink grapefruit...She always gets more citrus flavors than I do!
As a follow up note: I pop 'n poured another bottle of this the next day to compare with the bottle that had been open a day. Night and day difference...the pop 'n pour bottle (which I'd probably give a 90 or so) really showed a lot of barrel flavors, to the detriment of everything else....this really, really benefits from at least a few hours in the decanter to let the barrel flavors subside, and just keeps getting better the longer you give it.
So this bottle didn't get too long of a decant, only a few hours, since I really wanted to drink another bottle of this but didnt think very far ahead :)
I'm not sure why, but this bottle seems better right out of the gate than the last one I had. Perhaps it was the fact that I was looking forward to it so much, or the last bottle was slightly off, or it's just me, but this bottle is really good tonight.
Pretty consistent with my last note, just bigger, more defined, and smoother than I remember. The barrel flavors disappeared fairly quick in the decanter, and what shows up are all sorts of things; big black fruit, smoked meat, pepper, butternut squash, flowers, vanilla cake, nice acidic tang in the finish. Quite balanced....big but graceful, and does distinctly remind me of a SQN Syrah.
Also opened this to celebrate receipt of my first Lillian offer after a short wait for the mailing list!
Decanted yesterday, put back in bottle overnight, so this has been open for 16 hours or so at this point. 15.3% ABV
This has really evolved since yesterday. I wasn't as taken with this when it was first opened, it showed a lot of barrel toast and oak still, and definite alcohol.
But those faded overnight, and an array of aromas and flavors comes through today. Blackberry, raspberry, meat, touch of vanilla, florals, I swear I got toasted nuts, along with a hint of citrus, orange peel or something. Long finish, 45+ seconds. Tannins are big and a little rough to me.
A really good bottle of wine, but do it a favor and give it a couple more years in the cellar, or a very long decant. 92+
My first experience with this wine was back in July (http://maximumsatisfaction.tumblr.com/post/26592391548). Beautiful ruby color with explosive nose of black cherry, tar, spearmint and alcohol. Similar to prior review loads of roasted beef, black fruit, and menthol coat your mouth. Way to young even with proper decant.
See more detail at http://maximumsatisfaction.tumblr.com/post/37452558003
Opened for a birthday dinner with pork chops with fig sauce. Hour+ decant. Drenched with black fruit, wrapped in charcoal smoke, gamey undertones, camphor, cocoa. Powerful, concentrated, and darn tasty. Actually first one I've had. Impressive.
Drank at Carpe Diem in Napa. Massively rich and powerful. The nose is tar, earth, and gamey meat notes. The palate is rich and explosive with more tar, coffee, and black rich fruit. The tannic structure is fine grained. The finish is mouth coating and long. Should hold and let this calm down a bit in the bottle.
Blackberry and black fruits with a bit of french oak peeking out. P&P and was really the most elegant and delicious for me after being open for 2+ hours. Good but perhaps in need of more time to rise above the crowd.
Consumed this bottle about a week ago... i didn't write any notes, but remember that the wine was very classic Lillian aromatically, but a bit more structured both with regards to acidity and tannins than is usually the case with a young Lillian (maybe a bit more masculine than normally?). This is a very young wine indeed, and should benefit tremendously from some years in the cellar. 93++
Inky, purple color. Very expressive nose of pepper, plums, earth, and boysenberry. High intensity flavor profile of plums, blueberry, lavender, spice, pepper, and oak is etched onto the taster's palate. Structurally, this full-bodied, plush wine has dense fruit without feeling heavy, and there is balanced acidity with well rounded tannins. The finish is long, and somewhat oaky right now, with dense fruit and spice notes. Although tightly wound at first, it blossomed after several hours of exposure. Overall, this wine, while youthful and exuberant, has dense fruit tempered with solid acidity and supple tannins. I believe this will last for quite a while because of its balance.
Wow. Just a phenomenal wine. Decanted for 5 hours. The nose was of cinnamon red hots, earth and spice with a sweet, but balanced aroma--you can smell the alcohol definitively. The initial palette is of smokey anise spice with a hint of dark chocolate, dense plum and dust. The finish is long, sweet and smokey with hints of raw cocoa, cherry and faint spice. I've already ordered more--count this up there with SQN and Herman Story as my favorite syrahs.
Decanted for two hours in a wide bottom decanter, than back into the bottle for a couple more. Worth the wait, nose is a spring bouquet of the dark fruit, flavors come at you on a velvet river that is pleasing but satisfying, finish, 1,2,3,4 real parade of flavors. One of those wines that make you glad your on the list.
Houston Berserkers Offline (Sophia): Jose the baby killer strikes again. Still, glad to evaluate this while mine age :-D. Great nose, gobs of blue and black fruit, olive, black pepper, hint of gaminess/funk. On the palate, blackberry, olive, blueberry, raspberry, smoked meat, cracked pepper. Finishes with substantial grip. Too young to evaluate. Gut impression 93-95. Fantastic stuff.
Napa Wine Club Tasting #2 (Napa CA GVM): Wine of the flight for me. Deep dark nose with great white pepper popping up. Mistook this for a SQN when tasted blind. Deep rich black fruit on the palate and still very primary at this point. Long lingering finish.
Round two. Huge nose of blackberries, chocolate and smoke. The palate has some hints of olives, black berries, vanilla and game meats. It is huge and brooding, still tight and enormous with two hours of air. Strong chalky tannins seem to be endless. A wine to watch per the years. Awesome.
These had been taunting me on my cellar floor since I had received them. I knew it would be baby killing, I knew the best was yet to come, yet I was craving a Lillian the other night and my other vintages weren't at hand. Opened and two hours and the nose hadn't even budged...traces of the Lillian perfume I love, but not just there. Drank with dinner and palate was exceptionally smooth with the cocoa, dark fruits, and hints of spice.
Left 1/2 in a closed decanter overnight. Night two...Hello Nurse! 500Hp of pure adrenaline in a bottle. The nose was singing, the palate had evolved to lush, coating fruits with this curious flash of menthol, long and seductive finish.
Won't touch another for at least 1-2 years. Beautiful wine, Bravo Maggie! (50+5+12+17+10)
1 hour decant. This wine truly is just a baby, but it still is outstanding and will get better IMO. A dark purple with purple fruits, brown sugar and a touch of meat on the nose. The same notes come across in a nice balanced presentation on the palate. Silky smooth with some sweet tannins. 94++!
Baby killin' but I have a cold so I needed something that would get through. Loads of blackberries, beef and blueberries on the nose. Vanilla and more ripe berries on the palate. Nothing subtle about it. Loaded with power and tannins. This will be great in a few years assuming I didn't miss anything ;)
Very solid. Violets, black and purple fruits on the nose with blackberry currants, plums, espresso and graphite on the palate. Smooth, fleshy tannins with some nice minerality. Far more approachable than the 07 was at this point last year, and IMO, the best Lillian Syrah to date.
Saturday Night Wine Tasting (Throyd's - Lansdowne): This might be my favorite bottle of Lillian so far. Opened in the morning and left in a decanter for 12 hours, as Ive found the Lillians to be even better on the second or third day. Dark fruit, blood, meat, and it has the mint flavor that I love in good CA Syrah. Viscous in the mouth, with a long finish. Glad i have a case of this tucked away.
Beautiful perfumed nose of violet, blackberry and spice delayed the tasting as I sat and enjoyed the aromas. Deep purple in the glass, black fruit and berries on the palate. Sublimely balanced with an enveloping texture, nice acidity and no hint of alcohol. Refined, powerful and gorgeous.
woty so far. decanted 3 hours and consumed over 30 minutes by 6 people. that was my only complaint about this wine; once I took my first sniff and sip, I began brainstorming ways to bogart the rest from my friends! inky black in the glass. a gorgeously elegant, balanced, yet powerful and explosive nose of blackberry extract, spicebox, vanilla, and a teeny bit of of orangey beef blood. the palate was pure black fruits, seamless, with no perceptible heat, and penetrating every flavor receptor in my mouth. the ridiculously long finish unfolded baking spices, dark chocolate shavings, massive black fruit, and amply balanced acidity and tannin. this is a knockout! if rating, 95-97.
To decant or not? 2006 Pinot Noir and a few more: Pop and poured, this was a nice showing. Purple in color. The nose shows black raspberries, grilled meats and some black pepper. Lush texture. On the palate, this is delicious and has some tight layering. Despite its youth there is plenty to offer right now, although i think i would prefer a few years in the cellar to unwind.
My second bottle of this. The first bottle didn't seem quite right....TCA. Damn. This bottle....this is the way it is supposed to be. I agree with Nutty08 on all counts, including this being my favorite vintage. On the nose, elegant Syrah, a hint of smoke nicely balanced against equally weighted sweet perfume. Capped off with a background sense of minerality/iodine. On the palate, balanced and smooth. Perfect weight. Long finish with fine tannins. This is gorgeous! Will be better in 3-4 years. Down to one bottle, need to try to make it last!
Maybe the best Lillian yet. Expressive nose with coffee, violets, currants, meat and subtle cracked black pepper. Palate was quite high toned with high acidity, giving it a much lighter mouthful than previous vintages. Great energy. Great depth on the palate with similar flavors. Lengthy mocha and rock filled finish. Feels a little more sharply defined than prior vintages, and a little lighter, without giving up any depth or complexity. Needs time to integrate. 93-95