Lacrima di Morro d'Alba "BarbaRosso," Romagnoli
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Lacrima di Morro d'Alba "BarbaRosso," Romagnoli - 2021

Item # 25595 750mL

Wild roses dominate this classic Lacrima. A deep ruby-hued, savagely fruited young wine with black plums, Turkish figs, and summer roses throughout. Tannins on this medium-bodied wine are soft, but the acidity strikes a clean note that asks for a pairing with sausages, antipasti, grilled vegetables and of course, pasta and meat sauce.

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Legend has it that Emperor Frederick Barbarossa developed a taste for inky Lacrima wines after capturing the castle di Morro d'Alba in 1167. Perhaps this is how he earned his moniker 'Red Beard?' Despite being an ancient grape, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba is a relatively new appellation as winemakers have sought to revive and popularize indigenous grapes. This lends itself to great value. I really enjoy aromatic reds - the more perfumey the better. Lacrima always delivers. These wines are ripe and juicy, with 'lacrima' meaning tear in Italian for the grape's tendency to burst and tear on the vine. There is a redolent bouquet of roses and violets on the nose followed by bracing acidity on the attack. Soft tannins reinforce ripe black fruit and fresh tomatoes on the palate. Let it open up a little bit and serve with easy Italian fare.


About the Producer

Cantina Romagnoli Contrada S. Maria del Fiore, Marches, Italy This wine comes from a small family business located in the Marches, the easternmost region in the central belt of Italy between Tuscany and Umbria along the Adriatic coast. The Romagnoli family settled in this hilly terrain in the 18th century near Contrada S. Maria del Fiore: “Saint Maria of the Flowers.” There in the municipality...

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This region lies on Italy’s Adriatic Coast, so much of its cuisine is seafood-based. Marches is best-known for its white wines. Verdicchio produced near the towns of Jesi and Matelica often has gently bitter notes and rich fruit, and is an excellent match for many seafood dishes. Red wines are produced here as well, with Sangiovese being the dominant red grape in the region. When blended with the local Montepulciano, it makes a wine called Rosso Piceno (mostly sangiovese) or Rosso Conero...

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