|Lacrima di Morro d’Alba||Marches||2007|
Lacrima is sometimes likened to Beaujolais because of its fresh, flowery personality, but this wine shows that the grape has a personality all its own. It reveals blueberry, huckleberry and black currant aromas enhanced by rose petal, lavender and cardamom. On the palate huckleberry and blueberry flavors echo the nose, joined by notions of blackberry jam, red currants, red licorice and juniper berry. A lush, exuberant wine.
Raspberry, huckleberry, black currant, plum, white pepper, licorice and rose petals.
The region of Marche lies in east-central Italy on the country's scenic Adriatic coast. This wine comes from the area surrounding the small, ancient town of Morro d'Alba, not to be confused with the larger city of Alba in Piedmont. The Marotti Campi family, owners of the estate for over a century, has 52 hectares of vines, half of which is planted to Lacrima, the traditional red variety in this area which produces fruity wines with flower and spice aromatics. The 19th-century villa was built on the remains of a Roman and medieval village and fits harmoniously into the landscape of rolling hills above the Adriatic Sea.
Try my Roasted Chicken Breast with Grape Juice. Accompanied by a crisp green salad drizzled with a light vinaigrette, it makes a delightful meal for a party of four and a delightful partner for this wine. The Lacrima would also be a fine foil for Middle Eastern and Indian dishes.
The variety's name, Lacrima, translates to "tears," a name given to the grape because as the berries ripen, their thin skins can begin to leak juice or weep. Lacrima di Morro d'Alba means "Tears of the Moor of Alba."
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