2009 Di Majo Norante Sangiovese

This 100% Sangiovese comes from a very renowned 212 acre estate located in Italy's Molise region. It was sourced from the Ramitello and Martarosa vineyards which were planted in 1972. The wine was aged in stainless steel and large oak barrels for six months.

On the nose I get aromas of black cherry, smoke, Asian spice, wild flowers, black plum, and brown sugar. It's a very pretty bouquet that evolves in the glass and unfolds various layers of complexity. There are some black pepper and hints of anise that show up in the glass as well.

On the palate I get flavors of chocolate, ripened plum, black tea, leather, black cherry, spice, and scorched earth. The mouthfeel is quite round and there are very sweet tannins that form the structure of the wine.

I really like how rich and full this wine is even though it's 100% Sangiovese. It reminds me a lot of Brunello di Montalcino and how rich and complex those wines can get. I love to see the full potential of this varietal and I sometimes get let down by many of the Sangiovese based reds from the Chianti region in Tuscany. This however, is fantastic wine for and fantastic price. 91 points

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