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2004, Di Majo Norante Sangiovese Review 

Over All Rating - "Highest Recommendation"

One of the Best values in Sangiovese is Di Majo NoranteWhere we got it and how much it cost. 

From visit to our local Cosco for about $6.99


Where is this wine made. 

In the Molise Region of Italy by Di Majo Norante and imported to the US by Winebow, Inc. under the care of wine maker Riccardo Cotarella  Note the map lower on this page for the location of Molise.

 

General Impression of Di Majo Norante Sangiovese, 2004

Of all of Italy's wines I love Chianti above the rest.  So what we have here is pretty much a Chianti from another region of Italy so they can't call it a Chianti.  In fact unlike many Chianti Wines this one is made from 100% Sangiovese grapes and it is a great wine.  This wine is very easy to drink something you can enjoy with friends and it will just be dynamite with pastas or pizzas.  This is an exceptional wine that just feels like Italy in a bottle.

 

Di Majo Norante makes this Sangiovese in Molise ItalyWhat Aromas and Flavors are Most Dominant or Evident In This Wine?

The aroma makes you think of violets and berries.  Flavors are earthy and fruity with a lot of strawberry and currant with some chocolate.  Oak from the aging is there but in the background.

 

What foods will this wine go well with?

Pizza and pasta and I know you are thinking "well duh" but consider a light thin crispy crust pizza with grilled Italian Sausage and Basil.  If you are doing a meal that starts with a salad and or soup and progresses and you want to start with a lighter red then serve a more serious one with the main course this would be great for the first course.  With the price of this one and how beautifully it will go with Italian foods my advice grab at least a case and turn any simple pasta dinner into something special.

 

What's Grapes are In Di Majo Norante  Sangiovese, 2004?

100% Sangiovese

 

Will I keep it In My Wine Rack, If So How Much?

I am buying two cased of this.  It should stay at peak drinking condition until 2009 so it has three years of peak left in it right now so why not stock up.

 

Who Is Going to Enjoy This Wine?

Anyone who enjoys a light fruity red.  If you like good Chianti (I mean really good) then you will love this one at 6.99 a bottle how can you possibly go wrong.  If you have a friend you just can't get off of whites and would like to start them down the road to red wine this is a good place to start.

 

What Does the Bottle or Vintners Web Site Say About this Wine?

 

From the Bottle:

"Sangiovese, Dry Red Wine of Molise, Produced and Estate Bottled by Di Majo Norante - Campomarino".

 

From the Wine Advocate who gave it a 90 Score: 

"One of the world's best values in Sangiovese is the 2004 Di Majo Norante Sangiovese. Aged six months in large foudres, it offers up aromas of strawberries, black cherries, damp earth, spice box and fruit cake."

 

From the Importers Website:

"Vivid ruby red in color with a fresh bouquet of violets and woodland berries. Smooth and refreshing on the palate with loads of ripe fruit. An excellent accompaniment to hors d''oeuvres, first courses and grilled white meat dishes.

Made from 100% Sangiovese
The first vintage was bottled in 1972, and 200,000 bottles are produced annually.

Production area: Sciabolone, Martarosa - located 165-328 ft. above sea level, with Southwestern exposure and a clayey, calcareous soil composition

Vineyard characteristics: 30 & 15 acres planted in 1970-1972 with a density of 1,500 vines per acre. The vines are planted in the Pergola method and yield 5 tons per acre.

The harvest was carried out in late October/November 

 

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