Thursday, September 6, 2018

Wine Review: Proemio Chardonnay 2017

September is Proemio Month on!
Proemio Chardonnay 2017

Proemio – "Prologue" in old Medieval Spanish, stands for kick-start or first page. In 2001, Marcelo Bocardo, third generation winemaker and the descendant of a traditional Italian immigrant family founded Proemio with the goal of producing high quality wines that truly represent his ancestors’ passion for viticulture and a legacy for the generations to come. Marcelo Bocardo could be described as a new wave winemaker of Argentinian wines, avoiding over extraction and heavy use of oak, focusing on expression of the terroir (i.e. Uco Valley, Pedriel-Luján de Cuyo and Maipú).

All of September is dedicated to Proemio! This is review #2 of 8, and you can read all of the reviews I've done so far by clicking here.

This is 100% Chardonnay from 20 year old vineyards in Medrano (2,296 feet above sea level). It was manually harvested, fermented and macerated in concrete vats with indigenous yeasts, and 30% aged for six months in French oak barrels. It has a 12.7% ABV.

The color of the wine is a light yellow with a greenish hue. There's a floral cloud above aromas of peaches, chunky pineapples, banana, vanilla, and jasmine. A nice nose for what, unfortunately, turns comparatively flat on the palate. It's not that it's bad, mind you, but the nose tricks you into thinking that the palate is going to be more than what it is. And what it is, is a serviceable Chardonnay for $10. It's medium bodied on the palate with a slick mouthfeel and moderate acidity. There's flavors of pineapple, banana, and vanilla, and it finishes with those flavors and a bit of an ethanol flavor.

So, as I said, it's a serviceable Chardonnay for $10. I'm enjoying it with some brie cheese right now and having a grand old time becoming fat again. Pleasant, very affordable, and getting the job done.

Price: $10
Rating: 3/5 = Satisfying (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.


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