When Russell Bevan is at the winemaking helm, good things happen. PerUs is an ultra-premium producer of red wines out of Napa, sourcing from some great vineyards including Sugarloaf Mountain and Edcora Vineyard (high elevation site). PerUs was founded by Anmol Bhandari who was born and raised in New Delhi, immigrated to the United States and built a successful career in finance – initially at Goldman Sachs and later co-founding Cians Analytics based in New York – a company that provides research and analytical support to international financial institutions. Anmol was introduced to Dustin Wilson, Master Sommelier, and they both would travel to the Napa Valley to research both vineyards and winemakers. Dustin introduced Ammol to Russell Bevan, one of the world’s great winemakers. PerUs only made 30 cases in their first vintage, 2013.
I recently had the chance to try the new PerUS wines and was completely blown away with the quality of wines in the glass. The 2015 PerUs ‘Alessio’ Red Wine (WWB, 97) is a spellbinding, silky blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. My colleague, Dr. Jae Hong, and I were completely mesmerized by this incredible new wine. Learn more about this famed boutique winery at https://www.peruswine.com/pages/home.php Here are the stunning new releases by PerUs.
2015 PerUs ‘Alessio’ Red Wine- The 2015 ‘Alessio’ is a compelling blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon with the remainder Cabernet Franc made by superstar winemaker Russell Bevan. Needing a one hour decant to fully arouse, the wine dances in the glass with decadent Earl Grey tea, roasted dates, Turkish coffee and creme de cassis aromatics that offer amazing depth. This gorgeous red blend has a seamless quality that glides through the mid-palate and coats the mouth. Velvety tannins line copious dark fruit and chocolate flavors, with herbal undertones. Silky smooth and rather intoxicating in its youth, this delightful wine will cellar well over the next two decades. Drink 2019-2040- 97
2016 PerUs ‘Janeen’ Red Wine- The ‘Janeen’ is a seductive amalgamation of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from Atlas Peak with 10% Cabernet Franc from Sugar Loaf Mountain. The wine opens with an intense bouquet of tar, mocha, anise and creme de cassis aromatics that all combine marvelously in the glass. The mouthfeel is silky smooth as this wine shows remarkable precision and balance, as well as mid-palate weight. The texture here is downright ethereal. Dense blackberry cobbler, creosote, sweet pipe tobacco and red cherry cordial flavors all connect on the palate. A long-ager, while the wine is showing brilliantly now following a one hour decant, it can be enjoyed over the next two decades. Drink 2019-2040- 96