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Giusti, Luigi

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Giusti, Luigi

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The Castelli di Jesi are  most famous for the white Verdicchio wines that are produced in the hills  around this series of fourteen beautiful hilltop Castles, each surrounded by a  town of the same name. While this area produces some notable red wines of the Rosso  Piceno appellation, one of these ‘Castle-towns’, Morro d’Alba, earned DOC  status in 1985 for their own red wine, the Lacrima di Morro d’Alba. The Lacrima  grape is so ancient in the Marche  that its origins remain a mystery. The name, Italian for tear (as in what one  cries over spilt Lacrima di Morro d’Alba) is believed by some to come from the  tear-like shape of either the cluster or the berry itself, while others claim  its name comes from the fact that the berry bursts easily, and thus seems to be  crying. Lacrima wines traditionally were light, sweet wines, but recently some  tremendously perfumed, dense and complex wines are being made. Lacrima di Morro  d’Alba was nearing extinction in the early eighties, as demand for the wine was  rapidly losing ground to the more popular Montepulciano-based wines of the Marches, but all this  changed with the arrival of DOC recognition. Growers suddenly felt inspired to  justify their status, especially since the recognition also brought new demand  for the wine. This new burst of energy was accompanied by a new approach to  viticulture throughout Italy.  As was happening in many regions, denser spacing in the vineyard and a reduced  yield per vine produced wines of greater character and balance than ever was  thought possible from the ‘lesser grapes’ of Italy. Luigi Giusti began growing  grapes in 1965 in the town of Castelferretti,  which lies just a few kilo meters off the Adriatic coast, just beyond the  northeastern fringe of the Lacrima di Morro d’Alba appellation. While Luigi  strove through the seventies and into the eighties to innovate the vineyards  and winery for his two sons Piergiovanni and Filippo, he passed away in 1987  and thus never had the chance to really see the fruition of his dreams and the  renaissance of the grape he worked with for so many years. In 1991 Piergiovanni  and Filippo decided to aggressively pursue a renovation of the property,  bringing it into line with modern viticulture techniques. While the  Castelferretti cellar is still used for the sale and aging of bottled wines, in  1997 they bought a new cellar in Montignano, within the DOC boundaries, as is  required by the Lacrima di Morro d’Alba disciplinary code, and filled it with  state -of-the-art equipment. In 2000 they enlisted the assistance of enologist  Giancarlo Soverchia, a specialist in the traditional grapes of the Marches. The Lacrima  vine currently covers about 100 hectares of vineyard in the Morro d’Alba DOC.

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