The 2019 Volare del Camino felt very precise and harmonious from the first time I put my nose in the glass. It's serious and austere and has gained in austerity and seriousness, and 2019 could be the finest to date. It has violets and chalk dust, developing a note of rockrose, very clean with more red fruit, and it has light and an aerial sensation of lightness and energy. It has contained ripeness, 14% alcohol and very good freshness and acidity, with fine tannins—finer than those from the Inseparable from the same vintage. 1,428 bottles were filled in November 2020. It comes from a 0.5-hectare plot that was planted by the monks at the bottom of the hill that has the Iubileus and Per Se vineyards, the last of the hills from the Lomas del Jaboncillo in Gualtallary, the rocky and eastern more part of the Monastrerio subdivision of Gualtallary.
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.