"Proemio" Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG 2012


Proemio is Santi’s top selection routinely praised in the world wine press.

Terroir: The Santi Amarone Proemio is sourced from several of the estates top vineyards. Vines average 40+ years old and are planted in ideal hillside locations with sunny south/ southeast exposures.

Vinification: Proemio is a blend of Corvina, Corvinone and a small amount of Rondinella. Harvest begins by hand in late September, as the team meticulously harvests only the best of the vineyards fruit typically amounting to only 10% of the vineyard yield. The grapes are placed in wooden boxes, and left to dry in controlled humidity until February of the following year. After pressing, the traditional maceration takes place over a period of more than three weeks, which is followed by up to 3 years aging in the cellars.

Additional Information

Intense red color; the nose stands out for its complexity, with evident hints of plum, cherry jam and tea leaf followed by notes of dried fruit, licorice and chocolate. On the palate it is full-bodied and round, with a perfect combination of sweet tannins, acidity and the return of the scents felt on the nose, which give a long and savory aftertaste.

“Proemio” is an elegant, austere, modern-style Amarone that can safely be forgotten in the cellar, for it defies time, anticipating it and summing up the future, just like its namesake.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Valpolicella DOC
  • Winemaker: Christian Ridolfi
  • Soil: Limestone, Sand, Clay
  • Avg Vine Age: 40 years
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 65% Corvina, 30% Rondinella, 5% Molinara

Recent Press

  • Forbes Author: Nick Passmore
    Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
    Closed and ungenerous at first, it soon began to display a gloriously generous sensuality, rich and plush like a big California cab, but there was the gentle spiciness of mature Amarones redolent of licorice and fennel on the finish, and that herbal element the French call garigue. After half an hour it developed marked hints of the sorts of dried fruits one finds in sherry-cask Scotch like Macallan. Strange and intriguing.
  • Score: 91 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
    Date: Thursday, March 3, 2011
    "The 2005 Amarone della Valpolicella Proemio is made in a richer, more generous style than the regular bottling. It shows an additional layer of voluptuousness to the fruit along with a more extroverted personality. The French oak is very nicely balanced. Hints of chocolate, menthol, licorice and leather linger on the close. This is a terrific effort in a challenging harvest. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020."
  • Score: 91 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling
    Date: Monday, June 14, 2010
    “Offers sweet raspberry and light toasty oak on the nose. Full-bodied with a lovely balance of fine tannins and a long, caressing finish. Reserved yet beautiful.”
  • Vini d'Italia Author: Other
    Date: Monday, March 9, 2009
    “Proemio is our top pick, an Amarone ‘05 with a modern profile that is subtle despite the richness deriving from partial drying of the grapes, offering clear, fresh flowery aromas and notes of forest fruit. Already excellent today, it will only improve with bottle-ageing. This is a stunning Amarone and a well deserved Three Glass winner.”
    Grade: 3 Glasses

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