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Just tasted 2008 Marotti Campi Orgiolo Lacrima di Morro d'alba

Posted by napagirl68, Apr 14, 2011.

My first of this kind....  Bought it at a great wine shop in Oakland.. wine mine.  They said this was a very different wine, and to try it.  Well, I like it!  I didn't know what to expect, but I got nice red fruit, vanilla, somewhat earthy taste, followed by, what tasted to me, like white pepper (which I LOVE LOVE LOVE).  I tasted it sans food, then drank with Italian sausage/pecorino stuffed ravioli topped with lightly roasted and chopped roma tomatoes and red bell pepper marinara.  Decided to top with the same cheese, pecorino.  The tomato/red pepper REALLY seemed to bring out the peppery finish (although not overwhelming) on this wine.  Would buy more.

Anyone else tried this?  I was told it was an unusual type of wine in how it is made...


Reply by ItalienskaVinbutiken, Apr 14, 2011.


Always glad to hear someone mention Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, which is a rather particular wine, not much known around the world (or even in Italy for that matter). You'd be suprised at how many winemakers there are that are unfamiliar with this wine!

I have also had the joy of drinking the Lacrima of Marotti Campi, as they were so kind as to give us a few bottles for tasting.

At the same time, I received a few bottles of Lacrima di Morro d'Alba by Luigi Giusti.

I had dreams about this varietal for many nights after that.

This vine is grown in a restricted area in the province of Ancona, (region: Le Marche) in Italy, and the name refers to the little drops (lacrime) that show on each grape when it is mature enough for harvest.

Even very young, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba tends to be full-bodied and to carry the very characteristic notes of plum, violet, earth and bitter chocolate. The winery Luigi Giusti was supposedly the first to put it in barrique (and was furthermore called mad by the locals for this!), but created an exceptional wine which fills nose and palate with mature roses and violets, dark fruit flavours, plum marmalade, bitter chocolate and tannins.

Fun fact: his riserva ("Luigino") is supposed to be a favourite of the President of Italy. 

Anyway, Giusti has created a blend of Lacrima di Morro d'Alba and antoher varietal which is called "Intruso", a very nice way to be introduced to the varietal Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, that isn't as overwhelming as the pure Lacrima-wine. (I believe it is exported to the states, but I have to get back to you on the specifics).

I have had the pleasure of enjoying the Lacrima of Marotti Campi on several occasions when visiting the region of Marche, and my personal cellar as well as the cellar of my business is constantly full of Lacrima di Morro d'Alba by Lugi Giusti (which is the one a little closer to my heart).

Lacrima di Morro d'Alba is fantastic with game and lamb. If you're lucky enough to have access to elk - together they're a knockout.




Reply by dmcker, Apr 14, 2011.

Thanks, Italienska, for some very interesting detail in your post. Would like to try the wine myself now, from both producers, though am not sure how to source them here in Tokyo....

Reply by napagirl68, Apr 15, 2011.

Italienska... thank you for your input.  "little drops" makes sense, as Lacrima is the latin term for "tears" from the eyes (remembered the term from physiology in college involving the tear ducts!)

I look forward to seeking out the Giuisti.. and will do so presently!   

I am curious... I read and agree with most of your words describing this wine... but do you not get a huge white pepper taste on the finish?  I am so very zoned in on this because there are only a few wines I've tasted that bring this finish to me...   Just curious.. and Thanks again!



Reply by napagirl68, Apr 16, 2011.

Italienska... I now just tasted the Marotti Campi Rubico (2009).  This is a lower end wine than the Orgiolo from the same maker.  I have to say, I am in love with this wine!  Actually, both of them for different reasons... This one is ALL floral on the nose.. violets, honeysuckles, freesia.. I could put my nose in this all day/nite long!  You can taste the violet notes as well.. there is also an earthiness to this wine that is amazing.. and very light tannins.  I love this wine.  Very easily drinkable.  And a decent price.. I paid $13 USD.

Reply by dmcker, Apr 18, 2011.

Oh dear, NG. You do seem to be branching out an increasing amount from CA wines!  ;-)

Reply by napagirl68, Apr 19, 2011.

Oh yes, dmcker..  France too!

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