The Genophiles, a wine tasting group at Genentech, did a blind tasting of the following Lionheart Wines:
2007 Angel’s Share
2008 Angel’s Fare
2006 Syrah, Santa Barbara
2007 Syrah, Dry Creek Valley
2008 Syrah, Santa Barbara (available but not formally released)
2006 Roaring Red
2007 Roaring Red
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
The Genophiles are a group known for being brutally honest and fairly harsh critics. I encouraged the group to be completely honest as I wanted to get their input on how the wines are aging and overall quality. The ranking system is 0 to 3 puffs with 0.25 granularity (the scoring system is hard to explain. The simplied version is this: 0 = the worst, 1 = I would drink this (might even pay for it), 2 = 90+ points and 3 = I would stab someone else to get the last of the bottle.). There are also +/- involved.
There were about 16 people tasting the wine so the results tended to be on a good bell curve distribution. The group generally does not taste white wines as they have a bias against white wine…not worth the time was the feeling I got. The group was pleasantly surprised by the white wines (they grudingly agreed the wines were good ). Any wines that score a 2 will be in the running to be included in their end of the year blind tasting competition.
My guess going into the tasting was that the blends would do well — white and red. I was hoping to get the whites to score in the 2 range as it would be a big validation for the classic blend of Marsanne and Roussanne (with a hint of viognier for aromatics). My guess was pretty good about what they liked. I also noted that they tend to like the more aromatic and powerful wines.
The final tally was:
1.5+ =-> 2006 Syrah, Santa Barbara
1.75 =-> 2007 Angel’s Share (92 pts WE)
1.75 =-> 2008 Angel’s Fare (preferred overthe 2007 slightly)
1.75+ =-> 2007 Syrah, Dry Creek Valley
1.75+ =-> 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley (90 pts WE)
2- –> 2008 Syrah, Santa Barbara
2- =-> 2007 Roaring Red, California
2- =-> 2006 Roaring Red, California
2 =-> 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Normally, only 1 wine out of 8 hits the 2 range. So, I feel pretty good about how the wines are showing and aging. The tasting does indicate that if you have 2006 Syrah, I would suggest that you break it out and enjoy it with some slow braised meat tonight ( especially lamb!)