LACRIMA DI MORRO D'ALBA DOC
Production area and denomination
Alba it’s a city in Piedmont, the most important in Langhe area, home of great wines like Barolo, Barbaresco and the famous tartufo bianco d’Alba (white truffle). But this wine has nothing to do with Alba and Piedmont. Morro d’Alba it’s a small ancient village in the middle of Ancona Province in the Marche region. The name, in ancient language, can be translated like “border of hill”.
This village was famous for its wine called Lacrima (in Italian “tear”) since long time ago, when Fredrick Barbarossa in 1167 used to drink it when he used to live in the castle of Morro d’Alba during the battle of Ancona.
This wine is made with a red grape called Lacrima di Morro or Lacrima di Morro d’Alba, but for long time was no more cultivated, because farmers preferred other more productive grapes. Only recently this wine has been revaluated, and now more and more producers start to be interested in this grape which is very unique.
This wine can be produced in a small area (only 6 small villages) in the province of Ancona. At least 85% of this wine must be made with Lacrima di Morro d’Alba grape. Can be used other red grapes cultivated in the same area for 15% max.
3 are the sub domination allowed for this DOC:
- Lacrima di Morro d’Alba DOC
- Lacrima di Morro d’Alba superiore DOC
- Lacrima di Morro d’Alba Passito DOC
For the suffix superiore the alcohol must be at least 12%, compared to 11% of the Lacrima di Morro d’Alba DOC. The passito one must be obtained from over matured grapes and minimum alcohol is 15%
tasting lacrima di morro d'Alba
The color is brilliant ruby color with purple reflexes. The bouquet is intense and pleasant. If it’s young the main flavors are flowers like Violet and Rose, After some ageing, fruits like strawberries, cherries, blueberries are more in evidence.
Lacrima can be drunk together with all white meats like chicken or rabbit and with grilled pork. But also with salame or with Pasta with tomato sauce. Fish is also a good match when it’s cooked in elaborate recipes like fish soups.
It should be drunk in medium size tulip glass at 14-16°C