This is a family winery in the true sense of the word. Juan Muñoz Lopez and his family immigrated to Argentina in 1952 from his hometown of Andalucía, Spain, and began cultivating vines in the rich lands of Mendoza. He was immediately struck by the large number of partridges roaming these lands, hence the name “Las Perdices”. These vineyards are located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains at 3,379 feet above sea level in Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo and the first DOC zone in Argentina.

Juan trained his two sons very well, and today they manage the vineyards and have begun producing wines under their own label. Viña Las Perdices currently consists of more than 173 acres of vineyards, some of which are more than 30 years old. The alluvial, loamy, limey soil of medium depth, on top of a subsurface of stones, combined with the Andes foothills’ climatic conditions (warm days and cool nights) interact to produce exquisite fruit. The harvest is done manually in 37-pound boxes that maintains the integrity and quality of the grapes, and yields are very low.

The Cabernet Sauvignon is aged for 6 months in French and American oak, while the Reserva spends 18 months in new French and American oak barrels. The Muñoz Lopez family loyally adheres to the philosophy of combining respect for the land with technical know-how and obsessive attention to quality to create truly high-quality wines.

 

Las Perdices Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Only 2,000 cases are made of this 100% Sauvignon Blanc. The vineyards are situated at a high altitude in Agrelo, Mendoza, and benefit from a cooler climate. Grapes are hand-harvested and then pass through a pneumatic press, and a temperature-controlled fermentation of 20 days. The wine is completely oak-free. Its color is a very light, brilliant greenish-yellow. It gives intense passion fruit, mango and pink grapefruit aromas, with subtle mineral notes. On the palate it is full-bodied with tropical fruit notes, well-balanced acidity, and a fresh finish. Ideal as an aperitif or paired with seafood and salads.

 

Las Perdices Pinot Grigio 2009

Pinot Grigio addicts used to getting their fix from Italy will be very pleasantly surprised by this Argentine sipper. 100% Pinot Grigio from Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo, the Las Perdices Pinot Grigio is a soft light green yellow in color. On the nose this wine intrigues with subtle citrus aromas and a slightly floral note. In the mouth, the same citrus appears complimented by white stone fruit, a crisp acidity and a long finish. The grapes are hand harvested the first two weeks of February from vineyards with a yield of 8,000 pounds per acre. After harvest the grapes are sent through a pneumatic press and then undergo a 20 day fermentation period. The result is a well-balanced, crisp white that is sure to please all who love Pinot Grigio. Only 8,000 bottles were made.

 

Las Perdices Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2009

100% Sauvignon Blanc from the winery’s own vineyards in Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo, this is a Sauvignon Blanc in the California Fumé Blanc style. A mere 4,000 bottles were made of this full-bodied yet elegant (only 12.5% alcohol) white, and they were made with the same care and passion that all the winery’s wines are. Stirring of the lees is used, and the juice undergoes temperature-controlled alcoholic fermentation in new French oak barrels. The wine is then aged in new French oak barrels for six-months. It is an intense greenish-yellow, and gives citrus aromas with subtle notes of toastiness and vanilla. On the palate it has fresh, appealing flavors of passion fruit and pink grapefruit that nicely balance the oak. The acidity is high enough to make it an ideal companion for food such as shellfish, seafood and crisp green salads with goat cheese.

 


Las Perdices Espumante

Made in the traditional Methode Champenoise, this is a high class sparkling wine. Only 6,000 bottles were produced using the utmost care and attention to detail. The varietal composition is 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir, from low yield vineyards, harvested by hand in early February. In keeping with the traditional method the wine rested on its lees for 18 months, which gives it a hint of baked bread aromas and a creamy complexity. It is a brilliant yellow-gold color, with a persistent bead of delicate bubbles. It entices with aromas of honey, almonds, toasted bread and red fruits. On the palate it is smooth with great acidity and more red fruit flavors. Fresh yet complex, it is the perfect aperitif, or a great partner for shellfish, ceviche, sushi, carpaccio and seafood dishes.

 

Las Perdices Malbec 2009

This 100% Malbec is from Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo. The grapes are sourced from vines with a yield of 8,000 pounds per acre and harvested manually in late March. The grapes underwent a pre-fermentative cold maceration, selected yeast growing, controlled temperate fermentation, three delestages, daily pump-over’s and post fermentation maceration for 10-days. On the nose, this Malbec boasts complex berry aromas with delicate touches of oak and spice. Soft in the mouth and well balanced; this wine unfolds with plum and cherry notes accompanied by a hint of mocha and spice on the finish. The wine has been aged for 6-months in French and American oak barrels. Ideal to serve with red meat, pasta, fish and white meat with spiced sauces.

Robert Parker rated this wine 88 points, saying that the wine has a deep purple color; with aromas of violets, incense, black fruits on the nose, and some structure, with good depth and it will evolve.

 

Las Perdices Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Only 2,500 cases were made of this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Barrancas, Maipú, a region in which this grape thrives, and from vines with a yield of 6,200 lbs/acre. Harvested by hand in the first two weeks of April, the grapes undergo maceration and are fermented with selected yeasts under controlled temperature, with three delestages and daily pump-overs. They then undergo a 15-day post-fermentative maceration, and the wine is aged for 6 months in French and American barrels, mostly new. The wine is of an intense ruby color, and has cherry aromas with subtle pepper and soft vanilla oak notes. Soft on the palate, it is well-balanced with sour cherry and cassis flavors. The restrained alcohol level (14.0%) lends this well-integrated wine a touch of elegance more reminiscent of a high-priced wine.

Stephen Tanzer rated this wine 87 points, saying that it has ruby-red color, with a lovely lift to the aromas of black cherry and pepper. Tactile and moderately sweet, with an impression of extract to the chewy flavors of syrupy dark currant, mocha and pepper.

 

Las Perdices Syrah-Viognier 2007

A true Côte Rôtie-style blend of 93% Syrah and 7% Viognier, this wine is one of Las Perdices’ finest efforts to date. Only 4,000 bottles were made of this Rhone-influenced treasure, and the care that went into making them is evident. The grapes come from Las Perdices’ own low-yield vineyards in Agrelo, and were hand harvested into small boxes in early March. They were then co-fermented to achieve synergy and lend the wine complexity. The wine then underwent a pre-fermentation cold-soak and a maceration of 20-25 days, and was not aged in oak in order to preserve the natural freshness of the two grapes. The wine is a gorgeous ruby red color. On the nose it gives complex aromas of cherries and blueberries followed up by subtle fragrances of apricot and white peach. On the palate it is smooth, round, and meaty, with excellent ripe tannins and a long, elegant finish. Las Perdices is giving the Rhone a run for its money!

 

Las Perdices Bonarda Reserva 2008

This 100% single varietal is among the first proof that Bonarda can be an elegant, complex wine on its own merit. Coming from the winery’s own low-yield vineyards in Luján de Cuyo, the grapes are hand harvested in the second half of April for optimum ripeness. The wine was then aged for 12 months in new American and French oak barrels. Only 5,000 bottles were made. It is an intense red-violet color, and has unusually pleasant Bonarda aromas of red fruits, especially raspberries, with a spicy undertone and subtle vanilla notes from the oak. It is elegant on the palate, with smooth, velvety tannins. It has remarkable balanced between its structure and spicy notes, and its flavors of red fruits, chocolate, and coffee. This is not your average, inexpensive Bonarda; it is a complex cousin who demands to be matched with serious foods like grilled meats and vegetables and pastas, or with hard cheeses.

 

Las Perdices Pinot Noir Reserva 2009

This 100% single varietal quiets anyone who doubts that Argentina can make great Pinot Noir. Coming from the winery’s own low-yield vineyards in Luján de Cuyo, the grapes are hand harvested in the second half of March for optimum ripeness. The juice then undergoes a cold soak before fermentation, and daily punch downs and pump-overs during fermentation, always taking care to treat the skins delicately. The wine was aged for 12 months in new French oak, and 10,000 bottles were made. It is a lovely ruby-red color with violet edges, and has pleasant aromas of red and black fruits like cherries, strawberries, raspberries and red currants, along with subtle notes of the French oak. Immensely smooth and delicate as it enters your mouth, following up with a pronounced berry flavor. The tannins are remarkably smooth and balanced. This is a Pinot Noir in the more Old World style, to pair with game and white meats, as well as fish. A must try for all Pinot lovers.

 

Las Perdices Malbec Reserva 2009

A scant 10,000 bottles were made of his 100% Malbec from what the winery considers to be its finest parcels of Malbec vineyards in Agrelo. These vineyards have a low yield of 6,245 lbs. /acre, and the grapes were hand harvested into 37 lbs. boxes. The wine underwent pre-fermentative cold fermentation for 7 days with selected yeasts, and then alcoholic fermentation for 12 days, with daily punch-downs and pump-over's. It then also underwent post-fermentative maceration for 10 days. It was then aged for 12 months in new French and American oak. The wine presents an intense violet-red color. Aromas of red fruits and raspberries, as well as hints of vanilla and coffee, dance out of the glass. On the palate it is smooth and well balanced, with flavors of plums, gooseberries, red fruits, violets, chocolate and coffee. Its complexity is only deepened by its smooth, ripe tannins. Its long, pleasant finish ends the whole experience with a bang. One of the winery’s finest efforts to date, this Malbec is ideal to serve with grilled meats or vegetables, as well as pastas and hard cheeses. Bravo!

 

Las Perdices 2007 Reserva

10,000 bottles made of this wine, a blend of 70% Malbec, 11% Syrah, 10% Bonarda, and 9% Merlot, all hand-harvested from the family’s vineyards. The wine goes through the same vinification process as the Cabernet, but then spends 18 months in new French and American oak barrels. Each of the four grapes lends its own special touch: the plumy fruit of the Malbec, the gamey muscle of the Syrah, the earthy cherry fruit of the Bonarda, and the coffee, fruity body of the Merlot, combining harmonically into a nearly seamless wine. Good medium ruby color. Sexy aromas of raspberry, mocha, chocolate and sandalwood, with a meaty note of reduction. Broad, sweet and captivating, with creamy mid-palate flavors of exotic red berries, mocha and smoky oak. One of the most Bordeaux-like Argentine wines we have ever tasted

Robert Parker rated this wine 91 points, saying Las Perdices’ 2007 Reserva Don Juan is a blend of 70% Malbec, 11% Syrah, 10% Bonarda, and 9% Merlot aged for 18 months in new French and American oak. It is dark ruby red in color with an inviting perfume of wood smoke, cigar box, Asian spices, underbrush, and assorted black fruits. On the palate it is medium- to full-bodied, plush, and chewy. Sweetly fruited with a firm backbone, it will evolve for 1-2 years but can be approached now.

 

Las Perdices Tinamú 2005

This is the winery’s top wine, a magnificent blend of 60% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot, and 5% Tannat, is named after the native bird who resides in the Americas from the American South to Patagonia. Only 2,000 bottles were made in this, the winery’s first vintage of this jewel. The wine was aged for 24 months in a mix of 70% new French and 30% new American oak barrels, the winery’s best.

The wine is of an intense, deep inky purple-black color that beckons one deeper into the glass. The aromas are complex and inviting, with notes of mocha, spices, pepper, and smooth vanilla oaky touches. On the palate it is a complete stunner, showing its pedigree right from the first sip. Each of the grapes lends its typical characteristics, with the Cabernet Franc adding a Bordeaux-like note and the Tannat making it an incredibly well structured powerhouse. The finish seems to be never-ending. This is a true accomplishment, a wine that could be stored for 15 years, but can also be drunk now with food that can equal its muscle.

Stephen Tanzer rated this wine 90 points, saying it is a good deep red-ruby color with subdued but pure aromas of blackberry, licorice and sweet oak. Broad and ripe on the palate, with black fruit flavors lifted by violet and spice components. Finishes with lush, broad tannins and serious chocolatey persistence. A mouth-coating wine whose restrained sweetness gives it a light touch.

 

Las Perdices ICE 2007

Only 6,000 bottles of this 100% Malbec “ice wine” were produced. The wine is a product of a unique vinification process. The Malbec grapes were harvested in mid-June, 75 days after the usual harvest date. The ripening process, which is very advanced, generates aromatic precursors unique to this varietal, which after alcoholic fermentation will develop into very special exotic aromas. The hand-harvested grapes are then carried in small boxes to the winery, where they are kept at temperatures below 18ºF for several days. Under these conditions, the vinification process begins. Then, the grapes are sent directly to the press and the removal of the ice crystals yielding a juice (“must”) with unique characteristics, dominated by high concentration of sugars. The must ferments for more than 30 days at temperatures between 50°F and 54ºF.

The wine is a shimmery cherry red color, and gives aromas of overripe Morello cherries and prunes. It is unctuous and complex on the palate, with further notes of prunes, as well as quince. Its sugar is well matched by its acidity, placing it squarely in the category of great international dessert wines. Its great sugar/acidity balance gives it a unique personality and a very long, ongoing finish. This is a complex dessert wine which is ideal to drink alone or to be served with pâtés and cheeses, or medium-heavy, non-chocolate desserts such as crème brûlée. Serve well-chilled, between 42°F and 46ºF. Aging potential in correct storage conditions: 5-7 years.


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