Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2008
Sangiovese from Southern Italy, Italy
This Sangiovese exhibits a fresh bouquet of violets, woodland berries, spices and leather. Deliciously smooth, plush and juicy on the palate with loads of ripe fruit, Di Majo Sangiovese is recommended with pasta, pizza, sausages, parmigiana and grilled meats. A tremendous value!
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Sangiovese Terre degli Osci is an incredibly delicious, full-bodied wine with gorgeous clarity and definition. Made in a bold, fruit-driven style, the wine offers terrific depth and a long, polished finish. This harmonious red is a knockout!"
Di Majo Norante Winery
The Di Majo Norante winery is located to the north of the Gargano in Molise on the estate of the Marquis Norante of Santa Cristina. This estate has been dedicated to the cultivation of vines since the 1800's.
In the 1960's a modern cantina was constructed and vines were replanted. Optimal exposure, constant breezes during the summer, excellent soil composition and a slope toward the Sciabolone and Madonna Grande valleys, blend together to create a particularly favorable environment for the production of wine.
Alessio Di Majo has hired renowned enologist, Riccardo Cotarella, as a consultant in order to ensure consistent, high quality production for all their wines. The Di Majo family is dedicated to producing quality wine at an outstanding value and practicing environmentally sound agriculture. View all Di Majo Norante Wines
About Southern ItalyView a map of Southern Italy wineries Abruzzi, Puglia, & Campania
AbruzziKind of central, kind of southern, this region is best known for it's wine, Montapulciano d'Abruzzi – this wine is made from the Montelpulciano grape, unlike Vino Nobile di Montelpulciano, made with a Sangiovese clone in the region of Montelpuliciano. The Montelpulciano grape is happiest here in Abruzzi and the wine is rustic, yet soft and often fruity. The best part is that it's also good value and super food-friendly.
PugliaSometimes called Apuglia outside of Italy, the area is known for making wine from the Zinfandel-related Primitivo variety. It sits on the Adriatic coast, facing Greece, and enjoys a Mediterranean climate. A productive wine region, Puglia makes a lot of wine, some of it not so high quality. Luckily, the good wine is exported and is of excellent value.
CampaniaPerhaps better known for the city of Naples than the wine produced, Campania does have a couple of wines worth recognition. First, the white known as Greco di Tufo – an indigenous variety, Greco produces white wine that is dry, with a subtle nutty flavor. The best-known red here is Taurasi, made from the Aglianico grape, producing a wine of distinct color and flavor, with aromas of tar and leather.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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- 5 Stars: 5
- 4 Stars: 15
- 3 Stars: 3
- 2 Stars: 5
- 1 Stars: 5
36 ratings, 23 with reviewsOregonWineSnob - Beaverton, OR42/11/2010This is a smooth wine at a bargain price, not a 5, not really a 90+ but a good wine49/29/2010Di Majo Norante Sangiovese is an old favorite of mine, it goes well with pastas, beef, and other similar meals, and is great as an additive in tomato sauce, yet it does not dominate the meal.12/18/2010This was disappointing. It simply was too one dimensional and light.MCR1700 - Columbus, OH47/29/2010This wine is a good dinner companion that will soothe you and not fight with your steak for your attention.n8 - Colchester, VT41/16/2010This is a deliciously smooth Sangiovese. I had it with some chicken parm and baked zita. It would make a great full bodied, but friendly, wine for a party with multiple palettes. It has just enough bite to keep it from being a cloyingly vanilla exercise.ROBERT HODGES - Flat Rock, NC55/30/2010Here's another good Italian wine, very reasonable, make's me think We're back in Italy!!!!!San Clemente Fred - Irvine, CA46/8/2010Started out a bit simple, but opened up very nicely. I bought more.45/17/2010This is a flavorful colorful wine with a bright taste.12/10/201090 rating??Anthony D'Esposito - Valley Village, CA34/25/2010smarthur - Fairbanks, AK410/25/2010Darin Walsh - Arlington, VA44/19/2010A bargain at $11.49Imewine - Harrisburg, PA29/11/2010not crazy about this sangiovese.Richard Kenney - Tucson, AZ43/16/2011The flavor was great. It goes well with pasta. I finished off nearly half the bottle in one sitting.dcwineguy - Arlington, VA53/4/2011Cannot understand what Fran B was drinking. Either the wines were damaged during shipment or she just got 2 bad bottles, but this wine is - year in and year out - fantastic.Fran B - Minneapolis, MN12/17/2011I tried two bottles and it was like "bad and worse". Among the worst wine I have opened in years. One was totally undrinkable and poured down the drain. The second was little better. So much for gradings and remarks.H - Denver, CO52/3/2011A great wine. Moderate tannins, and an earthy taste, not too sweet either.Church - China Grove, NC41/4/2011I have bought this wine every time I order. Just can't get enough.41/2/2011This was really great and drank like a more expensive chianti.Cristian Rico - Alhambra, CA51/1/2011This was a very light cab that was very easy on the palate. Yet, the taste was great. I would purchase again.Bob Corcoran - Medford, MA312/13/2010Tried this again - may have got a bad bottle before - this was very enjoyable - nice sipper while cooking - try it44/10/2010I would buy again. I did buy again and sent as gift.Patricia Piazza - Fairfax, VA28/29/2010I love dry wine , but this was quite tart. If this was the only red wine on the planet , I'd deal with it. There's so many other wines to try, this would not get a second chance.leliza - Washington, DC28/13/2010This one was definitely a miss.Bob Corcoran - Medford, MA15/19/2010No nose, no taste, no nothing, no way ever again - not for me
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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