04 Lillian, California Syrah
There should be a two-drink minimum to get into this syrah. A red rope and curtain beneath the cork. A flashing sign of neon raspberry, lavender, and violet jam. Scorpions stay away. That's how expressive this Maggie Harrison, nee Sine Qua Non, syrah is. It's a Parker wine in every sense of the word--migraine concentration and a silken slip of body that slides off onto your tongue given the right Central Coast breeze. Still, it manages to stay natural and floral, with great purity of fruit, acidity, and maybe even a little elegance that constantly balances the tiding scale. Rich beside the rich. The elephant and the baobab tree. I have seen that without which there is nothing. I, too, have promised to keep us moving.