Thursday, September 13, 2018

Wine Review: Proemio Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

September is Proemio Month on!

Proemio Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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 #4 of 8, and you can read all of the reviews I've done so far by clicking here.

I recently reviewed their 2016 entry-level Cabernet Sauvignon and this is their 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. It's 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from ten year old vineyards in Russell, Maipú. Hand harvested with cluster selection, fermented and macerated in small concrete vats with indigenous yeasts, unfined and unfiltered, and aged for twelve months in French oak barrels. It has a 14% ABV and will cost you $18.

The color of the wine is a deep ruby red. Sweet spices and menthol waft up out of the glass followed with aromas of licorice, blackberries, dried leaves, and charcoal. On the palate it's medium bodied with a silky mouthfeel, soft tannins, and a high acidity for a Cab Sauv. There's flavors of cranberries, blackberries, chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon. Then it finishes with a big gush of chocolate covered blackberries and a lively tartness from the acidity.

This is exactly what you want out of an Argentinian Cabernet. They're softer and more versatile than, for example, Chilean or Napa Cabs which can mostly be astringent and overbearing. They're mellow and just want to hang out. Will it pair well with your steak? Hell yes! It better, since Argentina is known to have the best cattle in the world. But it wants to pair well, not chew your steak for you.

Proemio's Reserve Cabernet is an easily approachable one that I definitely recommend for those looking for just that around the $20 mark. And, I tell ya, it goes down easy. Perhaps too easy.

Price: $18
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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