Had a nice dinner at Nob Hill Tavern with a friend at CES. Decided to open one of my Blue Labels.
2005 Lillian Winery Syrah Blue Label- USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County (1/9/2010)
Fantastic bottle, popped and poured at Nob Hill Tavern in Vegas. Plum, tar, white pepper. Velvet in the mouth, long finish. With all that extra time in barrel, you’d expect an oak bomb, but it’s not. (96 pts.)
My thinking was that since I had two of the '05s, I’d give one a try and it was great. The guy I shared it with thought it was the best bottle of wine he’d ever had. For me, that made it worth it by itself, just to see someone have an experience like that.
And I, too, want to try one along side one of the Saxum extended agers, and maybe throw in the Herman Story 239 days to go along with it.
Just looked back at my lone note from an '05 which was last March–I used a lot of similar descriptors, but I remember thinking that the regular needed some time. This Blue Label felt more complete, round and overall it just went to 11, if you know what I mean. That said, I put in my note on the regular that I thought it might surpass the '04, which I loved. Good think I have more. And I haven’t even tried an '06 yet.
Know what you mean. Had the 05 and 06 Lillian, but not the Blue Label. Suggest holding off on tasting the 06 for a bit if not in a rush, it is really in a barrel sample like state right now, but should evolve into something very similar to the 05 in time.