The Lacrima grape is so ancient that people really have no idea where it came from. What is known is that people have been growing it in Marche for centuries. The name, Lacrima, means “tear,” which may be due to the teardrop shape of the grapes themselves. No one really knows, and frankly who cares? With Lacrima, its all about what's in the glass. And in this glass you will find a red wine with aromatics akin to walking through a lush garden of lavender, violets and roses. The most famous descriptor used for Lacrima is blueberry pie. Yes, that's right, blueberry pie. This is how this wine was described to me when I first learned about it, years ago. Not everyone may smell this exactly, but you can't argue about the compelling aromas of blueberries. But to me they are more sweet, cooked blueberries with a sugary, cinnamon-y spiciness to them. Hence, blueberry pie.
LUIGI GIUSTI LACRIMA DI MORRO D'ALBA, 2007
Luigi Giusti's 2007 Lacrima di Morro d'Alba is spot on. This wine is %100 Lacrima, though the DOC allows up to %15 Montelpulciano. The nose is perfect- fresh baked blueberry pie, perfumey floral notes of lavender and violets, along with something sweet and exotic and truly indescribable. The palate is a surprise. You expect to taste all of these sweet aromas, but instead you get a super dry wine, with darker flavors of earth, plums, smoke and wood. The finish is long with a touch of tannin. There is nice acidity as well, making it a great pair for cheeses and other fatty foods like pork, or cured meats. Check out this link for some pretty awesome recipe ideas.