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Di Majo Norante Ramitello Rosso 2008

As my husband had an early dinner with the men-folk in his family, I was left to my own devices and opted to lazily reheat leftover mac n cheese with a thrown together mesclun salad with eggs and faux turkey. I fancied an effortless, yet hearty glass to accompany my somewhat lackadaisical dinner; therefore I popped open Di Majo Norante Ramitello Rosso 2008. The Di Majo Norante winery is a family run estate in operation since the 1800’s. Located along the Adriatic Sea between Puglia and Abruzzo, vineyards in the region date all the way back to 500 BC.  Although not currently certified organic or sustainable, vineyard practices the family utilizes are all “with respect to nature” with methods such as only using organic and mineral based fertilizers, and weeding and pruning to decrease rot and parasites. Their mission to bring out the true expression of each varietal is affirmed by “the quest for,and recovery of grape species on the verge of extinction, have prompted Di Majo Norante to produce wines which are rich in flavor using traditional methods and updating them to bring out their full potential.”

Dark cranberry garnet in colour, after aerating aromas of damp leaves, earthy mushrooms and traces of rich chocolate emerged from my glass. Generous flavours of plum and raisin were entwined with dry, earthy leather and tobacco notes in the full body. Dry, smooth tannins and white pepper notes met up with damp earth in the moderate finish. This is a pleasant, simple, every day glass for the table.

Estate Bottled
13.5% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2013

*Rated 92 points by Wine Advocate

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