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Lacrima di Morro d’Alba

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Lacrima di Morro d’Alba

The Lacrima grape is an  ancient varietal indigenous to this area of Marche. Its curious name (Italian for tear )  is believed to have come from the fact that the berries frequently burst and  thus appear to “shed tears”. Morro d’Alba is the name of the central town to  the wine zone. Lacrima di Morro d’Albawas  a wine near extinction when the DOC was created in 1985. This was the saving  grace that resurrected the wine and encouraged producers to continue working with  the grape. Most recently, with the new concepts of viticulture that are being  embraced in Italy,  such as high vineyard density and low yield per vine, Lacrima, as well as  several other grapes formerly regarded as ‘secondary’, are beginning to make  some very exciting wines. While Lacrima di Morro d’Albais traditionally a light, fruity and sweet red, the Giusti wines are made in a rich and  concentrated style, typical of winemaker Giancarlo Soverchia, yet very perfumed  and soft.

Appellation:  Lacrima di Morro d’Alba (DOC)

Type:  red, dry

Grape Variety:  100% Lacrima di Morro d’Alba

Wine Details:

Vinyard Notes:
Production Area:  Montignano (Ancona) Vineyard: 13  hectares (30 acres) planted in 1965 and partial replanting in 1978 through  1998. Southeastern exposure , 450 feet a.s.l. planted in 1930. Training system:  Guyot (original planting). New plantings changing to spurred cordon Vineyard Density:  Old 5,500 per acre; new 1.800/2.000 per acre. Soil: Clay-based,  with medium density. Yield: 1.5 Kilos  per vine. Harvest: Late  September/Early October

Winemaking Notes:
Vinification:  Fermentation in  stainless steel tanks at controlled  temperature with pre-fermentative and post-fermentative stages of 20-22 days. Aging: 4-5 months in large oak barrels plus 3 months in the bottle. Production: 30.000  bottles.

 

Reviews:

2009 Giusti Lacrima di Morro d'Alba "Lacrima" - 88 Points - Robert Parker
"The 2009 Lacrima di Morro d'Alba is a delicate mid-weight wine laced with flowers, sweet dried herbs and spices.  It show the feminine, gracious side of Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, and makes a good introduction to this indigenous red grapes.  Anticipated maturity:  2011 - 2014
These two wines from Luigi Giusti showase Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, a native red grape hat is going through a massive resurgence of interest." ~Antonio Galloni - Robert Parker (June, 2011)