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2016 Per Ardua, Red Blend

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SKU: 16perardua - MI41116A
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Per Ardua is the ancient Gallic motto for clan McIntyre. It means “Thru Difficulty,” a sentiment that is as significant today in the Santa Lucia Highlands as it was two centuries ago for our ancestors in the Scottish Highlands. For three decades we have endeavored to produce a world-class Bordeaux red from the cool, windswept hillsides of Monterey County. Our inaugural bottling of Per Ardua is the culmination of those efforts. Deep, rich and complicated, it is emblematic of the terroir, the grapes and the difficulties we have faced over the last 30 harvests.

Wine Specs
Merlot/Petit Verdot
Arroyo Seco
Alcohol %
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Opaque ruby. Ripe cherry and dark berry aromas are complemented by licorice, pipe tobacco and vanilla nuances that build in the glass. Sweet and broad on the palate; sappy black currant and cherry-vanilla flavors pick up a hint of smokiness with aeration. Closes spicy, smooth and long, with lingering dark fruit character and velvety tannins that make a late appearance.
92 Points Josh Raynolds of Vinous, November 2019 93 Points ~ VinePair, February 2024
Vineyard Notes
50% Merlot & 50% Petit Verdot
190 cases