CON MUCHO GUSTO: Las Perdices Tinamú 2005, Finishes with lush, broad tannins and serious chocolatey persistence

Publicado el por N.B. TXO (autor)

Localizacion(es): Mendoza (Argentina)

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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.

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.