SRP of $18 and available for as low as $12. Sample submitted for review.
From the winery:
“Made from a selection of the best Montepulciano and Aglianico grapes in the Ramitello production area. After fermentation in stainless steel, the wine is aged in a combination of stainless steel tanks and barriques for eighteen months. The final wine shows firm structure yet ripe, accessible fruit.
Deep ruby-red wine with violet reflections, Ramitello offers aromas of plums, forest fruits, dark chocolate, smoke and leather.
It is the perfect match for rice dishes such as grilled steak, lamb sausages, game or aged cheeses.
Biferno, located in the wine region of Molise in Southern Central Italy is one of the smallest wine regions in the country. Its location certainly sounds promising — in between Abruzzo to the north and Puglia to the south. Montepulciano is the primary red grape grown in this area and while I’m a big fan of Montepulciano, I’m an even bigger fan of the relatively uncommon blend of Montepulciano and Aglianico, which is what we have today.
You may remember that another Montepulciano/Aglianico blend currently occupies the #4 spot on our Top 10 Red Wines Under $20 list, the Saladini Pilastri Pregio del Conte 2008: Montepulciano + Aglianico = Love. That wine features an equal 50/50 blend of each variety, while today’s wine leans much more heavily on the Montepulciano. Let’s see how it tastes!
The 2009 Di Majo Norante Ramitello Biferno Rosso begins with a really lovely aroma of dark berry fruit, smoke, menthol and maraschino cherry. The wine tastes delicious with the berry fruit continuing from the bouquet as well as some added flavor of dried herbs, licorice and leather. This is a smooth, silky soft wine with very nice balance. It ends dry and delicious with some lingering smoky notes. Perhaps not quite as big as the Saladini Pilastri but this one might be a bit more approachable, thus giving it wider appeal, while still being nearly as delicious. Definitely a bulk buy!
Overall Rating: 8.5
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