Volare del Camino has been described by David and Edy as their "essential wine", and we certainly agree.
This is strikingly aromatic, with an attractive floral and herbaceous nose typical of the Gualtallary region. It effortlessly strikes the perfect balance of power and concentration with brightness and elegance. PerSe is certainly one of the most exciting projects in Argentina at the moment.
The 2017 Volare del Camino was produced from two plots in the Gualtallary Monastery, adding one more plot to the vines used in the 2016 vintage. It has a really captivating nose of flowers and herbs, really elegant, clean, precise and expressive. 2017 was a warmer year, despite which, the wine has kept very good acidity. It has incredible balance, really fine tannins and is very long. There is no oak whatsoever, and there is no sensation of heat; it's harmonious and balanced, focused, precise, symmetric and incredibly elegant. There is good ripeness, power, depth and concentration with finesse, a rare combination. It fermented in plastic bins with indigenous yeasts and matured in used barriques for 16 months. They have grown in quantity and expect to have a little bit more in 2018. 1,460 bottles were filled in October 2018.
Per Se is a personal project from Edgardo (Edy) del Popolo and David Bonomi, trailblazers on the Argentine wine scene. David is one of the most knowledgeable oenologists in the Uco Valley, with on-the-ground experience from Altamira in the south to Gualtallary in the north.
Edy was practically born under a grapevine: his parents owned vineyards in north Mendoza, he went on to study oenology and agronomy, and when the winery he was working at was sold to the Santa Rita Estates, he became Doña Paula’s first Argentine employee, going on to oversee planting for them across Argentina.
In 2012 Edy and David founded Per Se, a boutique project based in the Uco Valley making fine wines that express their origins as transparently as possible. The terroir they have chosen is Gualtallary, in their opinion the most interesting area within the Uco Valley, as the combination of a cool climate with complex soils is capable of producing extraordinary wines of unmistakable personality.
They have planted their own vineyard at 1,500 metres on the land leased to them by the Monasterio de Gualtallary. Each of their wines comes from a specific section within the vineyard, with a different soil type. These are serious wines with amazing quality for such a young project and showing balance and drinkability even at a young age.