Thursday, May 14, 2009

*** $ 2004 Di Majo Norante Sangiovese, Italy

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Original Review, April 2007: The Di Majo Norante Sangiovese line has been earning very decent Parker scores in recent years, despite often selling inexpensively in the single digits. Let see what kind of stuffing the 2004 has got... Color is a very deep red, moving to opaque in the center of the glass. Upon swirling, the raspberry and cherry aromas leap from the glass into the room. On closer examination, there is also a scorched dirt smell. On the palate, the wine brings in a first note of acids, followed by a slightly vegetably fruit. Tastes much "pinker" than its deep opaque color would suggest - by that I mean light and acidic. Not unpleasant, but I don't believe I need to drink the wine again; so that's two stars in my book. I don't see that additional years in bottle would do much to enhance the wine.

By way of comparison, Robert Parker gave this 90 points and said, "One of the world's best values in Sangiovese is the 2004 Sangiovese IGT. Aged six months in large foudres, it offers up aromas of strawberries, black cherries, damp earth, spice box, and fruit cake. This expressive, medium-bodied, fleshy Italian red is meant to be drunk over the next 1-2 years. Buy this one by the case!" Well, if I did have a case of it, I would be willing to sell you the rest of mine.

I reviewed the 2005 Di Majo Norante Sangiovese right here.
Updated Review, May, 2009: Two year later now... Color is consistent: still a deep red, turning towards opaque, now with just a hint of bricking at the fringes. Swirling now, you get a deeper, funkier, huskier blackberry, almost overripe. On the palate, this is sweet, fruity, mid-palate coating stuff - the "pinkness" and acids have given way to a smooth, silty-rich fruit. Finish is modest in length, and pleasant. Moving this to three stars now. I believe that - five years past its original vintage date - the Di Majo Norante Sangiovese is drinking as well as it ever will. An outstanding value with a few years on the bottle!

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