This Wine Last Week – Ramitello Molise Rosso

February 18, 2015

Sometimes you enjoy a wine one week and then find that you are still thinking about it the next.  Maybe it’s because it was a knockout fancy expensive unicorn wine or maybe it was just a simple and tasty wine that matched well with a meal or a moment in time. Those wines are always worth a second look, and probably another bottle or two.

Di Majo Norante makes a wine called Contado , a 100% Aglianico that has been house go-to for us over the last couple of years. So, when I came across it’s sibling Ramiltello I was excited to give it a try. Finding this wine was a real treat and it may become the new vino della casa. A blend of Montepulciano and Aglianico, from the Molise region of Italy, this wine is bursting with cherry fruit and also has some darker backbone. Fresh and friendly, easy to enjoy, dinner versatile for sure. I got mine at the Woodstock Farmers Market and you should be able to find it in your local wine shops or ask them to get it.   It’s brought in to Vermont through g.housen, and is imported into the US by Winebow.

The balance of juiciness and grip was really a great pairing for the Hudson Valley duck breast which is what we like to call, “the other red meat”. The earthy quality of the wine was also divine with the beets. I hope I’ll be able to recreate that reduction sauce…

Balsamic duck breast, beets & their greens, pasta w/ cherry, shallot, garlic, red #wine duck pan reduction. A photo posted by Todd Trzaskos (@vtwinemedia) on Feb 8, 2015 at 6:01pm PST

I said to my dining companion, this is a pretty darned good wine for the price, and jokingly added that it was an easy 88 points…a joke because we usually don’t score like that at home. I got the good laugh when I pulled it up on Delectable and saw the numeral synchronicity.  Points aside, I definitely give this a BUY rating. I’m going back for more.

Di Majo Norante - Ramitello Molise Rosso

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