Molise, the second smallest wine region in Italy after Aosta Valley, sits on the Adriatic side of Italy between Puglia and Abruzzo. In a region based on agriculture there are less than 20 wineries, with Di Majo recognized as a leader.
Di Majo Norante uses only estate grown grapes, cultivated without the use of chemical or synthetic additives, yielding a product that can be considered “biological”.
2015 Di Majo Norante Contado Riserva
A medium bodied wine created from Aglianico grape, shows notes of cherry, dark berry hints of roasted coffee, wet earth and lavender on the nose. On the palate, dark berries, plums, a hint of balsamic, complemented by modest tannins and the acidity Aglianico is noted for.
A wine while enjoyable consumed on its own, shines when paired with Beef Brisket, Smoked Pork, Soppressata, Barbecue Beef, Portobello Mushroom Steaks, Mushroom Risotto or cheese such as Pecorino, Asiago, Grana Padano.
Of all the seven Grands Crus of Chablis, Vaudésir is the most delicate. It seduces with its lively and elegant character. Chablis from the Grand Cru vineyards has the potential to age well. This is an opportunity to savor a wine with some age from the outstanding 2015 vintage.
2015 Domaine Jean Marc Brocard Chablis “Vaudesir”
Aromas of white flowers, pistachio, dried apricot, winter citrus complemented by an oyster shell minerality. Lively, crisp on the palate nuances of nectarine, citrus, some tropical fruit notes complemented by a calcite- driven minerality.
Beyond the obvious pairing of Oysters, Chablis pairs easily with pan seared scallops, grilled lobster, scallops with a fava bean puree, white fish with a cream sauce, sushi and roast chicken. Potential cheese pairings include Beaufort, Comte, aged goat cheese, Ementhal.