The Di Majo Norante winery sits on the estate of the Marquis Norante of Santa Cristina in the region of Molise, along the Adriatic Sea between Puglia and Abruzzo. The cultivation of vines in this area dates back to 500 BC, when the region was inhabited by two pre-Roman civilizations, the Sanniti and the Osci. The estate has been dedicated to growing vines since the 1800s. When the winery was founded in 1968, a modern cantina was constructed and vines were replanted in the Ramitello area. This wine is made from a selection of the best Montepulciano (85%) and Aglianico (15%) grapes grown in the Ramitello vineyard. After fermentation in stainless steel, the wine is aged in a combination of stainless steel tanks and barriques for eighteen months. It has a bright red color and a fruit-forward nose (cherry, cranberry, red plum), followed by hints of clay, leather, tar and mint. On the palate it is medium in body with upfront ripe cherries, chocolate and licorice. It has great balance of acidity, fruit and tannins. Ready to drink now. Tasted September 2018.
Wine and Food Pairing: Pork Tenderloin
Cheese Suggestions: Comte
“This offers loads of aromatic graphite and dried herb notes, with ground peppercorn and anise accents, backed by subtle flavors of black currant, mocha, dried cranberry and leather. Light tannins show on the modest finish. Montepulciano with Aglianico. Drink now through 2018.” —The Wine Spectator