Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2011: 13% abv
Background: Now and again we like to try a wine and adjust our palates to something different. That does not by any means make KCM an expert on wines. We can tell you some facts and our impressions, none-the-less. There are quite a few producers of wine in the world, so we won’t really go into some great detail about Di Majo Norante, but what we can tell you is that they are from Italy. What about sangioveses? Well this is actually the name of a grape. The Sangiovese is a red Italian grape type, described as having fresh fruit flavors and mild spiciness. Sangiovese grapes are used to make many types of wine blends, which we won’t go into, but know that the grape is used for a variety of things. This particular wine is self-titled for the grape used. Here are some tasting notes.
Nose: Strawberry, blackberry, dry, light aroma, cherry, cranberry, light sawdust, raisons, light sweetness
Arrival: Tart, large blackberry notes, sour apple skin, bitter, tart grape
Body: Tannins, woody, sour apple skin, bitter, acidic, vanilla, quick body, juicy
Finish: Blackberry, sweet fruit, woody, dry, big sweet apple notes, crisp finish, tart, leathery, slight sugar, juicy
Final Comments: This is an interesting wine, and yes it is dry. There is no doubt about that. What you will find is that the complex range of fruitiness, slight floral quality, and some old aromas like sawdust and some leathery qualities makes this a surprisingly enjoyable wine for the complex drinker, without being expensive. This isn’t exactly a friendly wine for the ladies’ book club on Saturday if they’re normally drinking ice wine. This wine would couple great with a savory meal.
Why you’d buy it: You enjoy a complex, dry red and don’t want to spend a lot of money.
Why you wouldn’t: You don’t want to experience a dry mouth feel in your wine and are regularly drinking sweet Riesling.