Dark, inky wine - sits very black in the glass. Dense aromas (?) fig, prune, dark chocolate and tobacco. Acids were fairly tame, as this is a little aged for its intents. Rich and round on the palate, with silty tannin. Doesn't have the tell-tale balsamic and volcanic notes of Campanian Aglianico, but the is Molise - opposite coast and not grown in the side of a volcano. All in all, fun and very drinkable.
Slow-O one hour, served double-blind over the following 2 hours. Dark ruby toward purple core, slight signs of age. Prunes, charcoal, cherry juice and dark chocolate on the nose and (medium-bodied) palate. This screamed Italy, with its deep well of acids, but I did not focus on the grape enough to guess a variety. By the one hour mark, this transitioned from restrained, enjoyable to candied, and flabby. Overall, very enjoyable and once it was revealed I was pleasantly surprised, especially so given the price-point. Drink thru 2014, 13,5% abv. At ~ $15, I would likely be a buyer, but I would not go out of my way.
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(Di Majo Norante Contado Aglianico) #1; COLOR-dark; NOSE-ridiculously floral; almost potpourri-like; a top soil component; a distinct pomegranate component; PALATE-a substantial dried tobacco flavor; crushed rose petals; the mid-palate is the star of this wine; this is a really good hard cheese wine; I'm pretty impressed with this wine for $12 bones; AG-89; GV-88
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