After finishing two bottles of wine for WBW #32 - Regular vs. Reserve (post to follow), we moved on to the "after dinner" wine. I am a big fan of Di Majo Norante, a winery that produces a lineup of wines that seem to perfectly capture the passion and 'rusticity' I seek in an Italian wine. Norante's wines are also excellent values, and a nice change from barbera, sangiovese and corvina - their wines use aglianico, prugnolo and montepulciano grapes, amongst others.
The 2003 Contado uses 100% aglianico grapes from the Molise region of Italy. A deep cherry red, the nose was dominated by tarry, nutty, and tannic aromas, with some background spiciness (cloves), musk, cedar, tobacco, mint and strawberries. Fully-bodied, with a very long finish, the leathery fruit masks the substantial tannin in this wine, which put it slightly off balance. I should have decanted this wine, the Contado should improve with some more bottle time. It was an excellent match for a game of cribbage and lightly salted pretzels. 13.5% alcohol
Cost: C$18 (LCBO)