30 Jun 2009 Breaking radio silence….2008 white Rhone blend being bottled!
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It has been quite a while since my last blog entry…my bad.  The amount of work being a Sales Representative for a spirit and wine distributor is quite large especially when you have a good sized territory.  You have a lot of people to get to know and learn what products will help them be successful.  I do have a ton of wine tasting notes to post that I will try to get some of them up this weekend hopefully.

The 2008 vintage is shaping up to be a special vintage for Lionheart Wines!  The 2008 Rose turned out fantastically.  The 2008 white Rhone blend (used to be The Angel’s Share — need to be change due to potential trademark infringement) is tasting fantastic and will be bottled into shiners on Wednesday.  The 2007 Roaring Red is shaping up very nicely; this year’s blend is 70% Dry Creek Syrah, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain in Washington.  The 2008 Pinot Noir blend is very good and is very similar to the 2007 Pinot Noir!  The 2008 Sangiovese is quite good and will be evaluated in greater detail in the next month or so.  The 2008 Syrahs (White Hawk and Thompson) have great promise…just need more time in the barrel to see where they will end up qualitywise.  The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon is very powerful and complex.  Overall, I am quite happy with what was produced in the 2008 harvest.  Only time will tell how good or great the vintage is for Lionheart Wines.

Other activities:
I am starting on blending for the 2007 Roaring Red, 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon and checking on the various 2008 wines.  Also, I have been looking into securing fruit sources for the 2009 harvest.  I went down to Paso Robles AVA, San Antonio AVA and the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA to check out Marssanne, Roussanne, Sangiovese, Syrah and Pinot Noir sources.  The economic uncertainty has created some very good fruit sources to be available.  The big question is what we can afford to produce.  I am leaning toward a Pinot Noir, Rose, white Rhone blend and a Santa Barbara Cabernet Sauvignon.  The actual production depends on production costs, trucking costs and final fruit costs.  I have also been looking into alternative custom crush facilities where the produced wine would be shipped to Crushpad for final bottling ( to fit into the Crushpad commerce program).  The details on how this shakes out will be figured out in the next month or so.

Inventory: We are down to 14 bottles of the Rose — if you would like some, you should buy it very shortly.  Local restaurants snapped up the rose — British Banker Club in Menlo Park, Metropol in San Francisco.  The rose can also be found at Segona’s Farmer Market in Redwood City and Half Moon Bay Wine and Cheese. We are down to 8 cases of 2007 McGinley Roussanne, 9 cases of 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, 20 cases of Roaring Red, 11 cases of 2006 Syrah (Santa Barbara), 50 cases of 2007 The Angel’s Share, 20 cases of 2007 Pinot Noir. 

It is a bit hot right now to ship wines but if you are local, please let me know and I am happy to delivery the wines to you (if you are near SF). 

More information coming soon!  We need to set the date and location for the next Mane Event release party.  The 2007 White Hawk Sangiovese is taking fantastic!  It will be officially release at the end of the summer — futures will be sent out when the weather cools down enough to ship it.  If you would like to wait on having it shipped to be part of the fall releases, please let me know.

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