Di Majo Norante Sangiovese, 2008
I always keep my eyes open for good value wines from Italy. This Di Majo Norante is 100% Sangiovese from vineyards located in the region of Molise, along on the Adriatic Sea between Puglia and Abruzzo. Compared to many value priced Sangioveses coming from Tuscany, this wine is surprisingly bold and complex. The wine was aged in steel then in large oak vats, for six months, to achieve smoothness and softness while preserving the fruity flavors of Sangiovese. This wine exhibit’s a dark ruby color and a fresh bouquet of violets, red cherries, berries, spices, earth and leather. A smooth and plush palate is loaded with dark ripe fruit, tobacco, leather, tar and cedar. The fruit-driven style is balanced by smooth tannins and moderate acidity. There is little evidence of oak in the mouth. I really enjoyed this wine while snacking during the Super Bowl this past weekend. This is a perfect wine to pair with any hearty Italian food or to enjoy with a great pizza. This value Sangiovese can be found in the Seattle area for under $10.