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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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.

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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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Tempus Alba on Wines of the World TV

August 29th, 2008  |  Published in News from Argentina

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Tempus Alba enologist extraordinare Jose Luis Biondolillo (whose winemaking talents have brought from Mendoza to Ontario exquisite Malbec, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and more) was recently interviewed by Wines of the World.

Here he speaks about the winery, the varietals they produce, and the care put into creating quality wines. Watch the video to catch a glimpse of the lovely tasting room at Tempus Alba and a pouring of Pleno 2004 (an outstanding blend).

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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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