Archive for October, 2008

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]