If you like red wines with a nice grapey punch, you need to find Podere Castorani Majolica. It’s a 100% Montepulciano D’Abruzzo variety and a great value. Goes really good with pizza, and I enjoyed it with meatloaf as well.
This was our first introduction to the wines from this vintner, and has somewhat limited distribution for now. The winery is owned by the Formula 1 race car driver Jarno Trulli. The Majolica label also includes a rose and a white variety, which we will review soon.
Popping the synthetic cork reveals a nice note of cherries, and a beautiful violet color. The first taste tells you this is a seriously grapey wine, with front of the mouth sweetness, and a soft slightly sweet aftertaste. In fact the grapey taste lingers a long, long time. A pleasant thing. And it goes down super easy, so you continually want more. And even though it starts quite grapey, the wine shows nice balance and soft tannins. There are lots of flavors at work here.
As it sits it seems to develop a chalky taste, especially on the back of the mouth. This chalky character seems to increase the longer it sits, but is never overpowering.
All in all, this is a really great value in the $10 price range. Get it if you can find it locally. Hopefully the distribution areas will increase and more of us can enjoy really good, inexpensive Italian varieties.