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30 Jul 2009 Bottling 2007 Roaring Red

A quick update from Lionheart Wines….

I bottled the 2007 Roaring Red, Proprietary blend, yesterday into shiners (bottles without labels for capsules).  The chemistry for the wine is: S02 – 32 ppm, pH – 3.58, TA – 5.3 grams/liter, ABV – 14.65% and VA of 0.60 grams/liter.  We ended up with 26 cases plus 9 loose bottles.  It is a small amount of wine but the challenge will now be to sell it given the challenging environment. 

I need to get the label text figured out and submitted for TTB approval.  After the labels are approved and printed, I will get the shiners labelled.  The wine will not be released until the fall so the wine has time to integrate and get over bottle shock.  I learned from the 2006 Roaring Red that it need about 6 to 8 months for the wine to fully integrate, but you could tell how the wine was going to evolved after 4 months or so.

The final blend works out to be:
55% 2007 Dry Creek Valley, Syrah
23% 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
6% 2007 Mourvedre, Lodi
5% 2007 Napa Valley, Petite Verdot
9% 2007 Napa Valley, Malbec
2% 2007 Napa Valley, Merlot

So, this blend is very nearly a Bordeaux Blend just missing some Cabernet Franc to complete the big 5 varietals.  I guess you could say that this is a Bordeaux blend interpreted via the Northern Rhone (as the Syrah was co-fermented with Viognier).  The wine is a big, bold wine and truly lives up to the name — Roaring Red!

02 Jul 2009 2006 Boeger, Merlot, El Dorado
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Appearance:
Deep ruby core transitioning to light ruby rim

Nose:
Medium intensity aromas of slightly overipe red and black fruit, plum, slight reductive note, oak

Palate:
Medium dusty tannins with slight astringency; Medium+ alcohol; Medium intensity flavors of oak, cedar, black fruit (plum, cherry, olive and blackberry) and red cherry; Medium length; medium- body.

Quality:
Good quality merlot that would go very well with food especially braised meats.

11 Feb 2009 2005 Cavas De Crianza, Merlot, Clos De Chacras
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Appearance: medium ruby with purple hue core -> slightly brickish rim

Nose: medium+ intensity, clean -> red fruits (cherry, cranberry), slight cola, red currant, black cherry, pencil shaving, black olive

Palate: medium acidity; medium slightly drying tannins, medium alcohol (14.7%); flavors – cedar, oak, red cherry, cranberry; medium- finish.

Quality: overall good quality — the slightly drying tannins were distracting.

The wine costs 24 Argentinian Pesos or $8 USD.  As the wine opened up with time, I started to pick up notes of black walnut.  The wine was very good for the price point.