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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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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An Evening at the Drew House: Epilogue

September 19th, 2008  |  Published in Featured Wines, Wine Events

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Along with an outstanding five course meal, Woodside Wine Appreciation Club members experienced some delightful artisan wines from Los Cerrillos, Tempus Alba, and Clos de Chacras, and also had an exciting first look at (and taste of) Argentina’s signature white varietal – torrontes.

We’d like to once again thank our hosts for the evening, Roger and Kathleen, for providing such a lovely venue and menu. The food was fabulous, and the ambience at the scenic and historic Drew House in Elora, Ontario was truly enjoyable.

Drew House Woodside Wine Club Dinner Elora

Between courses (the delicious creations of esteemed chef Roger Dufau) , members were shown brief slideshows depicting the source of the grapes, photos of the winemakers, and more.

The highlight of the evening came toward the end of the gathering, when the award-winning Clos de Chacras Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 was served. This full-bodied, spice and fruit-forward gem was awarded the Argentine Wine Awards 2008 Trophy for best Cabernet Sauvignon.

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As you read this, the Serrera Torrontes 2008 is being bottled. We’re looking forward to its arrival in Ontario in the coming months, and especially anticipating enjoying it all through next summer.

Orders will be processed and we’ll contact you with details soon!

On behalf of all members, a special heartfelt thanks goes out to all who helped out, including Alejandra and Stephan, Eric and Amanda, Renee and Ken, Marie, and our very special guest Chrissie from Hacienda Del Plata.

Photos by Eric St.Aubin.

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An Afternoon Flight to Mendoza: Epilogue

July 8th, 2008  |  Published in Featured Wines, Wine Events

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We couldn’t have had a more beautiful day on Saturday. Over 40 Woodside Wine Appreciation Club members came together for a lovely afternoon “flight to Mendoza” to taste a wide range of varietals and blends from six artisan Argentine wineries. We went well beyond malbec, and were very pleasantly surprised by some of the wines we explored. Some highlights include:

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Bodega Los Cerrillos: Uruco 2007 – a sophisticated Argentine blend

July 6th, 2008  |  Published in Featured Wines, Los Cerrillos

While many wine growers in Argentina are creating outstanding single varietals (well beyond Malbec), not as many are focusing on the art of blending. Bodega Los Cerrillos‘ most premium selection, the Uruco 2007 blend, is an shining example of a sophisticated Argentine blend.

Born in the beautiful Uco Valley in the Tupungato region of Mendoza province, Uruco is a testament to the quality and unique character of Bordeaux-inspired blends coming from new world regions.

Los Cerrillos Uruco 2006

While the dark fruit nature and complexity of this wine is undoubtedly due in part to its Malbec emphasis, we can also appreciate the added body lent by Cabernet Sauvignon, and the more gentle fruit finesse imparted by the inclusion of Merlot. By blending these varietals (that each have their own distinct characteristics), the result is artisan winemaker Juan Pablo Michelini’s carefully crafted, and elegant Uruco.

*Tasting Notes:
A black wine with aromas of tart sour cherry and blackberry. Grapes are hand picked from vines that are more than seventy years old, a common occurrence in Mendoza. The fruitiness of the Merlot grape makes a good blend and appeals to those who find Cabernet Sauvignon more tannic. Malbec, the signature grape of Mendoza, adds to the complexity and the excellent long finish adds to the enjoyment. This wine can be laid down and still enjoyed in four to five years.

Uruco 2007 by Bodega Los Cerrillos
- 50% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot

- rated 4.5/5 by Vic Harradine of Winecurrent (2006 vintage)

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

*Tasting notes by Genevieve Kennedy, Sommelier

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