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A deep, creamy, voluptuous bouquet with notes of apricots, lemon cream, almond paste and a touch of old books in a second-hand bookshop. Complex and fine. The palate is big and mouth filling with notes of almond paste, dried apricots, (over)ripe peaches and warm gravel. A long finish with a fine warmth.
Lillian was founded by Maggie Harrison, once an assistant at Sine Qua Non and currently winemaker at Antica Terra in Oregon. Today we focus entirely on her Syrah, of which we have quite the list of back vintages! These Syrahs are all sourced from three vineyards in Santa Barbara: Bien Nacido, Stolpman, and Whitehawk. Her emphasis is less on making wines consistently from one parcel or another. In her own words, "as with all wines that I make, I am not committed to any outcome (number of cuvées, percentage of new oak or alcohol, cépage, etc.); instead, I prefer to work at the most granular level, making decisions for each vine, each micro block, fermenter and barrel independently, focusing only on the most beautiful action in any moment and the most compelling reflection of that vintage in our cellar and in our hands."