A break from the heat and humidity to more seasonable weather found me fancying a return to a big, bold red after many days in a row of white and rosé bottles, so I gave a pour to Di Majo Norante Contado Aglianico del Molise Riserva 2008. The Di Majo Norante winery is a family run estate in operation since 1800. Located in the southeastern region of Molise along the Adriatic Sea, vineyards in the area date back to 500 BC. With 213 acres of vineyards, the estate has a focus on “the quest for and recovery of grape species on the verge of extinction”. With research, experimentation and traditional farming techniques, they are making “new wines from old vines”, preserving and showcasing native grapes. They practice organic and sustainable methods, using techniques such as moths for parasite control, and utilising only organic and mineral based fertilizers. Their philosophy behind their winemaking is a “traditional approach to grape growing and wine production, centered on preserving all the characteristics of Mediterranean wine-making”.
Dark garnet in colour, after decanting aromas of black cherry, earth and hints of candied violets swirled about in the glass. Concentrated flavours of black current and black cherry were joined by lead minerals in the full body. Velvety tannins merged with spicy white peppercorn, toasted oak and raisin elements in the moderate finish. A well balanced integration of lush fruit, earth and spice, this is a contemplative glass fantastic with hearty dishes.
Produced and Estate Bottled by Di Majo Norante Campomarino
Enjoy now thru 2014
Rated 89 points by the Wine Advocate