Molise Wine

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Molise is a small and obscure wine region in central Italy, bordered by the southern regions of Campania and Puglia. To its north is Abruzzo, with which it shared a municipality till 1963, Abruzzi e Molise. Between these close north-central and southern cultural ties, this is a region that has historically been waiting to make its own cultural imprint. Wine-making has existed here since the pre-Roman times by various ancient tribes such as the Piceni, Samnites and Etruscans. Though it wasn’t until much later in the 20th century that its wines came to recognition.
 
Molise has only three DOCs, and its grape selections reflect its north-south identity crisis. Biferno, named for the river, produces mainly blends of rossos, biancos and rosatos. The main grapes are Trebbiano Toscano and Bombino for whites, and Montepulciano (the prevalent Abruzzo red grape) and Aglianico (common in Campania) for reds and rosatos. Pentro di Isernia also produces the same sorts of blends with the distinction Read more »

Varietals Produced in Molise View all

  • Trebbiano

    History of the grape: Trebbiano is one of the world’s most widely planted white grape varietals, not only for wines, ...

  • Aglianico

    History of the grape: There is documented proof of the existence of Aglianico in Basilicata, Italy as far back as the...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

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  • OK, I'll put this one here, since it is produced form a blend of two grape ... ... have never heard of the Molise DOC, but, then again, I am definitely not the most worldly wine drinker.  This one hit my sweet spot by not blasting me in the face with fruit.  There is a bit of, I'm going to say, blueberry, but that is quickly beaten down by a ... Read More

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  • Di Majo Norante Ramitello 2011

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    Quite modest nose. I can detect some berry fruit and some herbals. On the tongue, there is a brief encounter with blueberry flavor, but that is quickly overcome by earthiness, or, maybe, dark chocolate bitterness. Then, I realize that this wine is seriously tannic. Fairly low acid. A wine that begs for food accompaniment, and I dont think it... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Alverdi Sangiovese 2012

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    Pretty nice IGT sangiovese. Loads of dark fruit, ripe plum, prune, tobacco and leather. The tannins are bit grainy and dusty, the acidity has a fresh bite and finish is medium long. This needs some grilled meat or spicy Italian dish to go with it. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Di Majo Norante Sangiovese Molise 2011

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    This 100% Sangiovese from the obscure province of Molise is a fine exemplar of good quality and reasonable price for every day drinking by all but the most destitute. Sweet cherry licorice whip on the nose with hints of blueberry are followed by a smooth entry of tree bark (oak, no doubt) and Kirsch-like cherry. Great value. 85 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco ' Pagliaro' 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Ringworm


  • Dimajo Norante 2012

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    This is a relatively inexpensive Sangiovese that has is well balanced with a nice firm structure. Taste of cherry, smoky and laden with fruit that bursts in your mouth. It's the type of wine that starts off light then gets stronger in taste as you swallow. It has an earthy after flavor that is extremely satisfying. Tannins linger to add to the o... Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Di Majo Norante Sangiovese Terre Degli Osci IGT 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Di Majo Norante Cabernet Sauvignon Terre Degli Osci IGT 2011

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    Earthy and mineral on the nose with smoky overtones to the taut sour plum and red currant fruit. This is sapid on entry, delivering plenty of acid early in the mouth followed by a touch of salty minerality and slightly jammy red currant fruit. the tannins kick in quickly adding some tension in the mouth and adding a slightly woodsy element as we... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Di Majo Norante Sangiovese Molise 2011

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    black cherry, slightly earthy...medium bodied with good acidity Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer


  • Di Majo Norante Cabernet Sauvignon Terre Degli Osci IGT 2010

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    Well balanced, a bit bitter and really goes well with Margherita pizza. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


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