Sunday, January 5, 2014

Updated review: **** Paucca Lacrima di Morro d'Alba Superiore, 2007, Italy

By way of background: The Paucca Lacrima di Morro d'Alba Superiore is a local wine from central Italy near the well-known center of Verdicchio production. The name of the grape is actually Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, certainly not widely recognized in the new world. This is NOT from the Alba region of Piedmont, despite the similar name. The Lacrima di Morro d'Alba is housed in a syrah-shape bottle and was toted in to the states by Greg. The label is gorgeous, colorful and entirely in Italian. We're enjoying the 2007 vintage - a new one indeed - with family dinner.

Original Review, April, 2009:  The color is deep indeed. Inky and intense. Purply overtones but completely opaque to within a half-inch of the edge of the glass. Aromas are incredibly fresh and fruity and even a bit flowery - if your eyes were closed, you might almost think this was a deeply perfumed white wine.

The fresh fruit - somewhat akin to vintage beaujolais - bursts across the palate. It comes in a burst of heat too, accompanied as it is with 15% alcohol. But incredible lightness still for such a level of alcohol. A deeper tannin undertone follows the flashy fruit along.

Wonderfully rich and texturous finish. Three stars with a plus for its awesomely unique character.

A rough translation - courtesy of Google translate - from the label is as follows: "Lacrima di Morro d"Alba: Vine precious, so rare in quality as unique in taste, fruity and dry at the same time. It is obtained from aromatic red grape with the skin which, when ripe, splits and leaves "tears" as the juice, hence the name, "Lacrima". It is said that it was particularly appreciated by Barbarossa during the siege of Ancona."

Updated review, almost four years later, now seven years from vintage date, January, 2013:  Deeper red fruit now on the nose.  Now the fruit is bold and mouth filling, still fresh with just the tiniest hint of raisins.  Bright reds and purples, rich and round, solid tannins still surrounding it all.  Now touches four stars.

Find Lacrima di Morro at WineZap.

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