Thursday, March 10, 2005

Two Quick Tastes

  • Di Majo Norante, Sangiovese 2003 ($9) -- Italy, Terra Degli Osci (IGT), Campormario, "Dry Red Wine of Molise". Bright fruit nose, simple balanced flavors, but a great spaghetti wine for mid-week. (Actually, served with leftover roasted-chicken warmed up in a cast iron skillet with olive oil and carrots.) So far, the best example of Sangiovese under $10.
  • Archery Summit, Pinot Noir "Premier Cuvee" 2001 ($37) -- Oregon, Red Hills of Dundee?; Mild earthy/bacon-fat nose, balanced flavors with acid backbone and medium finish. Subtle, not overpowering. I would prefer with dinner than by itself. A bit thin for my tastes. More Burgundian than Oregonian. I would like to try the 2002 to see if there is more fruit due to the vintage.


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