Wine Last Sold on: September 19, 2012
2005 En Tiempo Malbec
|Region:||California: Monterey County|
SUPER QPR ALERT:
At today’s special Wine Spies price, this wine delivers tremendous value - and a drinking experience that exceeds expectations, easily earning it this special QPR (Quality to Price Ratio) Alert.
Mission Codename: Don't Cry for Me
- Agent Red
- Send Agent Red in search of the perfect, budget-minded California Malbec, for our Malbec-loving Operatives. Procure an ample allocation.
- Mission Status
Highly recommended, today’s budget-friendly 2005 En Tiempo Malbec really took us by surprise. This wine delivers so much - at such an affordable price that we sugest that you stock up. Fantastically food-friendly, juicy and approachable, this is a wine that any red wine lover will enjoy.
While this easy-drinking wine doesn’t take itself too seriously, it does have an elegant, serious side. With just the right amount of supple tannin and bright acids, this well-balanced, delicious wine is an easy choice for a fun or fine meal, or for entertaining that won’t break the bank. Stock up on this wonderful wine and keep some around for your richer Holiday foods.
Pair this palate-refreshing wine with a pot roast, grilled steak or a pepper seared pork loin.
Darkest garnet hues, with a darker, slightly opaque heart. At the edges, a ring of dark coral rings the wine. After spinning, the wine short, chubby legs move very slowly down the glass.
Dark and lush, with pronounced black cherry and woodsy spiced blackberry out in front. These are layered atop dark plum, smoky blueberry, cassis, hardwood bark, dried meats, raspberry jam and sweet spice.
Soft and light on entry, this bright and juicy wine very gradually settles onto the palate. A soft, grippy minerality spreads across the palate, starting at the edges, slowly drying as it moves. Fine tannins and a very bright acidity combine to give the wine a lovely balance.
Bright and sweet, with Bing cherry, raspberry and young strawberry in the lead. These are quickly followed by dried rose petals, blackberry juice, red plum skin, subtle sweet spice and a hint of white pepper.
Ultra long, led by sweet and tart red fruit flavors. These yield, very gradually, to sweet, dark, earthy spice, dried flower petals, flinty minerals and a lovely touch of white pepper that is felt along the gumline.
What the Winery Says
The Malbec grape has garnered significant attention in the wine world over the past decade, with recent sales growth in the U.S. outpacing nearly every other varietal. Encouraged by the enormous success Argentina’s winemakers have experienced with the grape, Malbec plantings have become increasingly popular in other regions of the world that share in the warm, dry climate of Argentina. California—and the Monterey region in particular—have created highly respectable Malbecs that have posed significant challenges to Argentina’s preeminence.
This 2005 En Tiempo Malbec is among those pushing the envelope. Surely one of the greatest illustrations of California Malbec, this wine is everything a fine Malbec should be: fruity, spicy, bold, and unwavering.
- 100% Malbec
- Food Pairings
- Roast beef, barbeque, lamb kebobs, pasta marinara
- Tasting Notes
- An audaciously fruit-driven wine with flavors of tangy cherry and notes of cocoa on the finish, this California interpretation of Argentina’s darling grape is an absolute thrill.
About the Winery
My site on the banks of the Loire is not very old. Indeed, it only dates back to the 1960s. However, my ancestors were already producing wine in the Bordeaux region back in the mid 18th Century and my wife’s family were wine growers and merchants in Cognac at the end of the 19th Century.
For me, the Loire was a case of love at first sight, with its vineyards and fresh, fruity wines: so easy to drink either young or venerably old: like the 1893 Vouvrays, still in perfect condition today. Today, the Maison Pierre Chainier is still a family business, based in Amboise, a royal town built on the banks of the River Loire. We are wine merchants, specialising in Touraine wines. Our average production is approximately 6 millions bottles (500,000 cases).
My wife Anne Chainier looks after the estates, the Château de Pocé and the Château de la Roche, in which she also raises thoroughbred French saddle horses, including Gloria de la Roche, a winner of major international competitions. My eldest son François is the managing director of the company. He also owns the prestigious Clos de Nouys and Clos du Gaimont vineyards in Vouvray. My two other sons, Louis and Philippe, are in charge of exports, particularly to the United States and Canada. I hope that in the future, they will take over from their mother in the running of the Touraine estates.