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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]

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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