100% Malbec from Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina. The wine spends 8 months in French and American oak.
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The Las Perdices Malbec is available for as low as $12 for a 750ml bottle. 72,000 bottles produced. It is also available in a 3L box. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
When Don Juan Munoz Lopez arrived in this land to grow his vines, he was astonished at the large number of partridges roaming here, always in groups of three. As the days passed, these ancient local inhabitants became Don Juan's constant companions in his long workdays. Thus he decided to name his winery "Partridge Vineyard" or "Vina Las Perdices".
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION: made from grapes from our vines located in Mendoza, at 1030 meters above sea level, in the foothills of the Andes Range.
TASTING NOTES: 100% Malbec. Intense purple red color. Complex berry aromas with delicate oak touches. Soft in mouth, balanced, plum and sour cherry notes. Ideal to serve with red meat, pasta, fish and white meat with spiced sauces.
Today is the third wine we've featured from the Las Perdices in Argentina. We started with a couple of wines you may not associate with Mendoza -- a thirst-quenchingly good Viognier and a Classic Northern Rhone style blend of Syrah and Viognier. Today we go to this area's bread and butter -- Malbec.
The 2013 Las Perdices Malbec begins with a pleasant aroma of black cherry, black pepper and a little smoke. Taking a sip shows lots of smooth, rich fruit (mainly black cherry, plum and blackberry) along with plenty of oak touches and more black pepper notes. Possessing good balance, this is a really solid example of a highly drinkable Malbec that still offers a bit of complexity. The wine ends with a burst of spice and then more dark fruit and oak that hangs around for quite a while.
If you've read Reverse Wine Snob for any length of time you also know that we are big proponents of boxed wine. (Check out this article for all our reasons why.) As such, we were happy to also taste the box wine version of this Malbec and can happily report that it tastes exactly the same as the bottle so choose your format and enjoy!
This review is brought to you by Humboldt Imports. See a listing of local retailers selling the Las Perdices Syrah Viognier here.