Saturday, September 1, 2018

September Wine Pick: Proemio Malbec 2017

September is Proemio Month on!

With my recent switch to a different place of employment, I was happy to be reconnected with a salesperson whom I hadn't seen in quite awhile at the old place. She represents different wines now, and I was very pleased with the Proemio part of her portfolio. I mean everything was pretty damn delicious. Obviously I wasn't able to bring everything in (I took their entry-level Malbec, Cabernet, and Red Blend, and looking to bring in more in the future) but their wines impressed me enough that I really wanted to dedicate an entire month to this winery. So I asked and she was more than happy to hook me up. Thanks, Wendy! I am so happy to be presenting these wines to my readers for all of September!

I'll get more into the actually winery in the upcoming reviews, but I'm making their entry-level Malbec my Wine Pick of the Month because 1) when the average consumer thinks of Argentinian wine they think of Malbec, 2) it's less expensive than those Alamos and Trapiche Malbecs you can find everywhere, 3) it's superior in quality to them as well and not even a contest, 4) because of all of those things it's a Malbec every wine shop should look into picking up.

This is 100% Malbec from ten year old sustainable vineyards in MaipĂș (2,624 feet above sea level). It was manually harvested, fermented and macerated in concrete vats with indigenous yeasts, completely un-oaked and unfined. It has an ABV of 13.7% and will cost you all of $10.

The color of the wine is a bright purplish red. There's aromas of blackberries, sour cherries, exotic spices, and pepper. It's light bodied with a lush mouthfeel, balanced acidity, and chalky tannin. There's flavors of blackberries, blueberries, black cherries, and vanilla. Then it finishes with black cherries, graphite, and vanilla. That it's un-oaked gives it a much more vibrant character than other Malbecs in the price range, and because of that and its light body it would be a great pairing with cheeseburgers.

I've been turning my Alamos and Trapiche customers on to this and now it's starting to pick up steam as they're reaching for Proemio instead. Hey, it's not the best wine that they make (oh, we'll be getting into that!!!) but it's a cut above the rest in the $10-$12 Malbec department.

Price: $10
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

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


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