Featured Wines

October 2012 – Finca Los Cerrillos Order – El Peral – Uruco

November 1st, 2012  |  Published in Club Orders, Los Cerrillos

October Club Order Bodega Los Cerrillos

October Club Order Bodega Los Cerrillos

After many bumps in the road we’ve decided to embark on a revitalized club strategy, one that focuses on a single, selected wine and artisan winery with proven performance and outstanding quality and value.

We’ve chosen to make this change as a result of many unexpected challenges. We are now targeting selectedwines, chosen by the Club’s “Wine Hunters” (Sabrina, Javier, Ken and Renée) during our annual winter visit to Mendoza. These artisan wines are available in Ontario exclusively for members of the Woodside Wine Appreciation Club.

This will be our first attempt with this approach. We hope it will work and grow.

The “Wine Hunters” Javier, Sabrina, Renée and Ken

Our first Feature selection, the wonderful Finca El Peral Reserva, is a classic Bourdeaux blend of equal parts Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  This wine has been a stand out at all of our tastings and continues to be a critical success with a recent 90 point rating from Wine Enthusiast where it was one of 59 Argentine brands listed as “Value Brands of the Year”. This wine also received much praise from Vic Harradine here in Ontario and was the winner of the silver medal at the Ottawa Wine and Food Show.

Reasonably priced at $18.78 ($112.68 per 6xbottle case), this value wine asks you to take a second sip!

You can place a deposit and order using the “Buy” page on the Woodside Wine Appreciation website. Limited quantities of other Los Cerrillos wines are also available on a first come first served basis.

The shipment is due to arrive in Ontario for late January, 2013.

Ignacio Reina and Renée Sampling the Newest Vintage

The Bodega Los Cerrillos winery and vineyards are located in Tupungato in the Vallé de Uco, Mendoza at 1200 metres elevation. Cool nights and long, hot, dry days supports wine growing at its best.  The Rutini family vineyards are well known in Mendoza province and the old vine grapes selected for this wine are the best of the best.

To place an order please visit the Woodside Wine Appreciation Club.

We will be delivering orders to the LCBO next week so please visit our “Buy” page and place your orders soon.

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Ottawa Wine & Food Show 2009: Bodega Clos de Chacras Earns a Gold Medal

November 25th, 2009  |  Published in Clos de Chacras, Wine Events

Ottawa Wine & Food Show 2009
For the second consecutive year, an artisan Argentine wine from Bodega Clos de Chacras has won a gold medal in Ontario!

On the weekend of November 6, 7 and 8 this year, Spectrum Wines and the Woodside Wine Appreciation Club headed to the 24th annual Ottawa Wine & Food Show. We were pleased to learn that this year the 2006 Cavas de Crianza Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded the gold medal in the Cabernet $15-$20 category. (The 2005 Cavas de Crianza Merlot was awarded the gold for “best Merlot in the $15-$20 range” last year.)

It was great fun having some of our Ottawa-area members visit the booth, which again was part of the Embassy of Argentina group effort.

In addition to Clos de Chacras, Ottawa wine enthusiasts were also able to sample small-production wines from Tempus Alba, Los Cerrillos, Serrera, and Hacienda del Plata all of which were very well-received.

A huge thanks goes out to club members Marg and Nil for all of their assistance at the show.

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Robert Parker’s Wine Advocates rates Clos de Chacras Wines

December 30th, 2008  |  Published in Clos de Chacras, Featured Wines, News from Argentina

Great news! In a note from Bodega Clos de Chacras‘ Francisco Jurin, we’ve learned that Robert Parker’s Wine Advocates have rated four of their fabulous wines with above average and outstanding scores.Dear Importers, Clients & Friends of Bodega Clos de Chacras:We are very proud to communicate to you that almost 5 years of hard work are finally giving fruit. As you may know Clos de Chacras is a boutique winery that does not count on intensive marketing strageties but instead leans on the Vision of its Owners, high competitive Staff and excellent quality of its wines. We proudly present the rankings and reviews Robert Parker and Wine Advocate set on Clos de Chacras’ wines recently in this year – 2008. I just want to thank you all for your interest in us and your hard work and efforts to import, promote and let many others enjoy the nectar of the Gods, or what we humbly call wine. Cheers and happy new year to all! Francisco Jurin

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- Available exclusively in Ontario to the Woodside Wine Appreciation Club [BUY]

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Marton Andina: Serrera Bonarda 2007 – Hints of Caramel

November 26th, 2008  |  Published in Featured Wines, Serrera

In Argentina’s long winemaking history, up until only recently the Bonarda grape was the most widely-planted red grape for wine production in Argentina (it has since been surpassed by the mighty Malbec).

serrera bonarda ontario spectrum wines woodside wine clubOf Italian origins, Bonarda in Argentina can produce a wide range of lighter to heavier bodied wine, the latter of which tend to display characteristic fig and raisin flavours. While it’s not yet very common in Ontario, we anticipate that in the near future it will be.

Serrera Bonarda 2007 is one that has caught our attention. It’s an excellent Bonarda with lovely, playful notes of caramel on both the nose and palate.

Tasting notes:
Deep, intense purple color, bright, with violet hints. An aromatic display of floral and minted notes, with hints of caramel. Balanced and harmonious in the mouth, it has good structure and expresses finesse and finishes long.

Serrera Bonarda 2007 by Marton Andina
- Available exclusively to the Woodside Wine Appreciation Club in Ontario [BUY]

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Artisan Argentine Wines Excel at the 2008 Cellars of the World Competition

November 2nd, 2008  |  Published in Featured Wines, Wine Events

With great pleasure we announce that four fabulous artisan Argentine wines have been awarded medals at the international 2008 Cellars of the World competition in Ottawa, Canada. These, along with additional fine Argentine wines, will be available for tasting at the Spectrum Wines booth at the 23rd Annual Ottawa Food & Wine Show from November 7th to 9th, 2008.

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Earning GOLD medals:
- Cavas de Crianza Merlot 2005 from Clos de Chacras
- Tempus Tempranillo 2006 from Tempus Alba

Earning SILVER medals:
- Finca El Peral Reserva 2006 from Bodega Los Cerrillos
- Tempus Malbec 2006 from Tempus Alba

Congratulations to these winners. It’s wonderful to see the quality and value of Argentine wines gain widespread international recognition, not only for their signature grape, Malbec, but also for other outstanding varietals that are being artfully crafted in the Mendoza region.

All four of these award-winning wines are available in Ontario, Canada exclusively to the Woodside Wine Appreciation Club [BUY].

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Tempus Alba: Tempus Malbec 2007 – Velvety Tannins

November 2nd, 2008  |  Published in Featured Wines, Tempus Alba

Argentina continues to share its sunshine and Andean melt-water by consistently crafting high-quality Malbec wines for us to enjoy here in Ontario. Whether or not being referred to as “the next Shiraz” is an accurate comparison, there’s certainly a lot of love to be had for Argentine Malbec.

Tempus Alba Tempus Malbec 2006 ontarioTempus Malbec 2007, from artisan Argentine winemaker Jose Luis Biondolillo of Tempus Alba, is an fine example of quality and value. Expressing excellent varietal character, and exhibiting smooth, velvety tannins and incredibly harmonious balance, this Malbec received a silver medal in the international Cellars of the World 2008 competition in Ottawa, Canada (2006 vintage).

Tasting Notes:
Very deep violet colour, with an intense nose of plum and red fruit and hints of vanilla and mocha. In the mouth it’s well-balanced, fleshy, and carries velvety tannins for a long and lovely finish. Ready to drink now, and pairs especially well with beef, pizza, and hard cheeses.

Tempus Malbec by Tempus Alba
- Silver medal – 2008 Cellars of the World, Ottawa, Canada, November 2008 (2006 vintage)

- 90 pt rating by Wines & Spirits, February 2009 (2007 vintage)

- Available exclusively to the Woodside Wine Appreciation Club in Ontario [BUY]

Los Cerrillos: Finca El Peral Reserva 2007

November 2nd, 2008  |  Published in Featured Wines, Los Cerrillos

In France, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Carmenere are often blended to produce Bordeaux wines. Here in Ontario, and in California, similar blends are created but called Meritage. In the UK such blends are often referred to as Claret.

Finca El Peral Reserva Los Cerrillos 2006
The art of blending various varietals to create tailored blend wines has a deep history and has extended to all wine-making corners of the world, including Argentina.

Winemaker Juan Pablo Michelini of Bodega Los Cerrillos has created an award-winning blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Merlot.  In this blend, Cabernet Sauvignon adds structure and body, Malbec imparts fruit-forwardness, and Merlot adds a little gentle finesse.

*Tasting Notes:

Aromas of fruity black cherry, wild herbs and soft oak. Well-made and a very good price for its full body, complexity, and smooth integration of other components of acidic core and tannins. Shows its premium Argentine refinement and quality. Can be enjoyed now but should improve with age. Fabulous paired with grilled or barbecued red meats.

Finca El Peral Reserva 2007 by Bodega Los Cerrillos
- 33% Malbec, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot
- “A steal at $17″ ~ Tony Aspler (Wine Diary part 244, June 19th 2009) (2006 vintage)
- Silver medal – 2008 Cellars of the World, Ottawa, Canada, November 2008 (2006 vintage)
- Available exclusively to the Woodside Wine Appreciation Club in Ontario [BUY]
*Tasting notes by Genevieve Kennedy, Sommelier

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Clos de Chacras: Cavas de Crianza Merlot 2005 – Gold Medal in Canada

November 2nd, 2008  |  Published in Clos de Chacras, Featured Wines

One of the most widely planted wine-producing grapes in the world, the relatively thin-skinned, early-ripening Merlot grape is often used in blended wines, where its finesse is often employed to temper bolder, more tannic grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. On its own, Merlot grapes tend to create approachable, single-varietal wines with medium to full body and playful aromas of spice and fruit.

Clos de Chacras Cavas de Crianza Merlot 2005In Argentina, the Uco Valley of the Mendoza region is now producing Merlot of highest quality, and joining other New World regions in bringing superior quality wines to the world stage.

Cavas de Crianza Merlot 2005 from artisan winemaker Mariano Quiroga at Clos de Chacras is a benchmark example of the quality wines of the region. This very small production wine impressed a panel of distinguished judges at the international Cellars of the World 2008 competition in Ottawa, Canada – winning a gold medal.

Tasting notes:

Exhibiting excellent varietal character, this deeply violet coloured Merlot has delicate yet intricate aromas of spice and fruit and gentle notes of vanilla and coffee from the oak aging process. On the palate it’s honest, with medium body and is harmoniously balanced with sweet tannins.

Cavas de Crianza Merlot 2005 by Clos De Chacras
- Gold Medal – Cellars of the World 2008 Ottawa, Canada, November 2008.
- Available for a limited time and very in limited quantity in Ontario, exclusively to the Woodside Wine Appreciation Club [BUY]

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Tempus Alba: Tempus Tempranillo 2007 – A Big, Chocolatey, Gold Medal Wine

October 14th, 2008  |  Published in Featured Wines, Tempus Alba

The Tempranillo grape, and wines made predominantly from it, are most often associated with the old world, in particular the Rioja region in Spain. The black, thick-skinned grape is responsible for imparting both body and aging potential to Spanish wines, and typically results in flavours and aromas of berries, plum, tobacco, vanilla, leather and herbs. But, much like the now world-famous Malbec grape, Tempranillo has also found a new home and is thriving in Mendoza, Argentina.

tempus tempranillo 2006 ontarioThe Tempus Tempranillo 2007, from esteemed artisan Argentine winemaker Jose Luis Biondolillo of Tempus Alba, is one such shining example. Expressing excellent varietal character, this Tempranillo is ready to drink now or cellared short term. This delightful wine earned a gold medal in the international Cellars of the World 2008 competition in Ottawa, Canada (2006 vintage).

*Tasting notes:
Reminiscent of a well-made wine by its Spanish counterpart, the Tempranillo grape has found a welcoming home in Argentina with over 6,000 hectares of the grape being grown. Deep coloured and endowed with an inviting nose of red cherry, tobacco, herbal scents, and sweet spices. Solid with a good spine of tannin and a body that pulls together the acidic component. Try it with pan-fried fish or roast chicken stuffed with bread, spices, almonds, and pine nuts. Matches well with tapas as well.

Tempus Tempranillo 2007 by Tempus Alba

- Gold Medal – Cellars of the World 2008, Ottawa, Canada, November 2008 (2006 vintage)
- “A big chocolatey wine.” ~ Tony Aspler Wine Diary, January 2008
- Available exclusively to the Woodside Wine Apprecation Club in Ontario [BUY]

*Tasting notes by Genevieve Kennedy, Sommelier

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Clos de Chacras: Cavas de Crianza Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 – Argentina’s Finest

October 9th, 2008  |  Published in Clos de Chacras, Featured Wines

Although Argentina has earned high praised the world over for its quality Malbecs, the country is becoming recognized as a newcomer on the international wine scene, capable of producing a variety of incredibly well-made and well-priced single varietal wines.

Cabernet Sauvignon is one such example, and there’s no better a benchmark of Argentina’s success with this varietal than the Cavas de Crianza Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 from artisan winegrower Clos de Chacras.

This very small production wine won over the palates of a panel of distinguished judges at the 2008 Argentine Wine Awards, winning the gold trophy for best Cabernet Sauvignon in show. It also earned a gold medal at the 2009 Cellars of the World competition in Ottawa, Canada.

Tasting notes:

A complex nose, with red and black pepper aromas balanced by subtle hints of vanilla and smoke imparted by French and American oak. Full-bodied, with firm tannins and excellent overall balance, this wine expresses excellent varietal characteristics. This premium wine makes for a lovely pairing with barbecued meats, or with a selection of sharp cheeses.

Cavas de Crianza Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 by Clos De Chacras
- Gold Trophy for best Cabernet Sauvignon in show at the 2008 Argentine Wine Awards.
- Gold Medal at the 2009 Cellars of the World Awards in Canada.
- Bronze Medal winner at the Decanter World Wine Awards in 2008.
- Available for a limited time and very in limited quantity in Ontario, exclusively via the Woodside Wine Appreciation Club [BUY]