Sunday, September 23, 2018

Wine Review: Proemio Icon Barrel Selection Red Blend 2011

September is Proemio Month on!
Proemio Icon Barrel Selection Red Blend 2011

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

The 2011 Icon Barrel Selection is 55% Malbec, 35% Syrah, 10% Merlot from various vineyards: 10 year old vineyards in Russell – Maipú (at 2,624 ft asl), 30 year old vineyards in Paraje El Cepillo – Valle de Uco (at 4,265 feet asl) and 100 year old vineyards in Perdriel – Luján de Cuyo ( at 3608 ft asl). The ages of the vineyards vary anywhere between 10 to 100 years old. Manually harvested with cluster selection, fermented and macerated in concrete vats with indigenous yeasts, unfined and unfiltered, and aged in French oak for eighteen months. The ABV is 14.5% and it will cost you $30.

The color of the wine is an inky purple. It starts off with an intriguing nose with aromas of blackberries, black olive, iced caramel macchiato, mustard seed, bacon, and black pepper. On the palate it's full bodied with grainy and bitter tannin and a tart acidity. It's got some bite at first, but not an uncomfortable one that feels out of place, that smooths out into elegance as it sits longer in the glass. There's flavors of blackberries, plum, cocoa powder, caramel, mustard seed, and leather. Then it finishes super dark with blackberry sauce, cocoa powder, and Black Metal.

Outfuckingstanding. It's just a great red blend that explores the dark side of the genre... but I have to take the price into consideration for what you're getting because that's just what I do. I give it a recommendation if you see it when shopping for a $30 bottle of wine, and I highly recommend it if you see it for less than that.

Price: $30
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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