Here’s our 60 second Di Majo Norante Contado wine review, plus tasting notes, food pairing suggestions, and more!
Di Majo Norante Contado Wine Review
The Di Majo Norante Contado is grown in the Molise region of Southeastern Italy by the Di Majo Norante family. Southeastern Italian wine regions aren’t always as well known as their Northern cousins, but there are some fabulous wines available from the region, often at great prices. This particular wine is made entirely from a little known grape called Aglianico. The Di Majo Norante family practices biodynamic growing practices on these vineyards to produce sustainable wines.
When I taste this wine, I first notice the dark flavor and big aromas of ripe, sour cherries. There are also some hints of leather and spice on top of the fruit. The Contado is definitely a full bodied wine with a velvety mouthfeel. I tasted dark cherry flavors, as well as blackberry and coffee. The finish was long lasting with noticeable tannins.
The normal retail price for this bottle is around $14-16, and it’s definitely an enjoyable bottle of wine for this dinner. Italian wines from lesser known regions often get overlooked, and it can be fun to explore these ancient and traditional wine regions. This is a well made wine from a family producer that is worth your time. Pick up a bottle and enjoy.
Aglianico Food Pairing Suggestion
The full body, ripe red fruit flavors, and long finish with plenty of tannin make this wine a perfect pairing for rich meals like stews, wild game dishes, or grilled meats. Here are some recipe suggestions to pair with this wine or any Aglianico!
Beef Brisket a La Confit – this beef brisket cooked in beef fat is a decadent treat. Aglianico will stand up perfectly to this dish.
Braised Pork Medallions with Apples – a little fruit flavor from the wine will work perfectly with the rich pork flavors, as well as the apple and onion.
Sardinian Pork Stew – pictured above, the rich pork flavors in this dish would be wonderful with Aglianico.
Strip Steak with Red Wine Compound Butter – a delicious grilled steak, a compound butter with lots of flavor, and a wine to stand up to all of it!
Di Majo Norante – the producer’s website with information about the wine, and the family winery.
Winebow – more information about the wine from the importer.
Wine Enthusiast – 88 point rating and review of the 2013 vintage.
Thanks for checking out our review of the Di Majo Norante Contado Italian red wine! We hope you can try this wine at home and share your thoughts with us in the comments below. See you soon at Lake Geneva Country Meats!