Tuesday, November 3, 2009
DI MAJO NORANTE RAMITELLO ROSSO 2005
The Di Majo Norante Ramitello Rosso is a blend of 80% Prugnolo (Sangiovese) and 20% Aglianico from the Molise region of Italy. I always used to confuse this blend with a Cab/Merlot, mainly because of its Bordeaux-like structure. A deep-ruby color is the canvas for a wine that smells of violets, plums and cherries with an essence of new saddle leather and licorice whips. Across the palate, more plums and cherries, with a soft expression of cedar and tar. The finish is long and dry, and the acidity resonates throughout. Seeing both tank and barrel fermentation, this wine has a lot of depth and complexity for a relatively inexpensive red, making it ideal for roasted or grilled meats. Try it out!