WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    65% Cabernet Sauvignon 20% Syrah 10% Merlot 3% Malbec 2% Petit Verdot
  • APPELLATION
    Napa Valley
  • ALCOHOL
    14.80%
  • SIZE
    1.5L (Magnum)
  • AGING/COOPERAGE
    50% French oak, 50% American oak 60% new, 40% used once

91pts Wine Advocate: The 2012 Proprietary Red Blend Jillian’s is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, 65%, but kitchen-sink additions include 20% Syrah, 10% Merlot, as well as Malbec and Petit Verdot. Production was just over 2,000 cases. I really like the juiciness of this wine, which has a dark ruby/purple color, lots of black cherry, mulberry, mocha, fruit and a nice tactile, fleshy impression with good purity, uplift and density in the long velvety finish. This is a beauty to drink now and over the next 7-8 years.

The most popular of all of Laird’s wines, Jillian’s Blend is named after the youngest member of the Laird family. It’s a unique take on five red varietals rarely spied together and tastes like a dreamy melding of Left Bank Bordeaux and the Rhone Valley! That means 65% Cab, 20% Syrah, 10% Merlot and a hint of Malbec and Petit Verdot, all sourced from single-vineyards well known and honored up and down the Valley. Aging in half French and half American oak (60% new) adds a characteristic roasted caramel note to the nose, which is mirrored on the palate with hints of coffee and gingerbread. There is plenty of fruit here, too—with vibrant blueberry and blackberry flavors complemented by mint and fresh herbs.

TASTING NOTES 

A sweet nose of butterscotch leads to a tornado of flavor, including homemade
blackberry pie and eucalyptus. A very lively and spice filled finish leaves a lingering finish of baking spices, coffee and pipe tobacco. With a rich body and moderate tannins this will be a show stopper for years to come.