93 Insider Points
A Wine with an Explosion of Fresh Flavor
Not to mention it's quite the rarity. If you try to find Lacrima di Morro d'Alba in your local market, they are very likely to not have it, let alone heard of it. It's the type of wine that a huge Italian wine lover like myself geeks out on anytime the chance arises to taste it. If you're as much a Italophile as me, or if you love fresh, aromatic reds, this is a wine you really should dive into.
Rose petals and delicate berries on the nose, like a soft perfume. Light-medium bodied with soft tannins and flavors of ripe blackberry, raspberry and red flowers, and finishes as it begins. Ready to drink, both on its own and with a hearty meal. 93 Points - JZ Aug '18
Le Marche, Italy
invino Founder Tony Westfall and winemaker Luciano Landi go back to the very beginning of our business nearly a decade ago. At first, we purchased small lots of Luciano’s lively, authentic reds from the importer. Few of our Members had ever heard of Lacrima di Morro and none of them knew about the Landi estate—though the winery has amassed a bit of fame in Italy as one of the Marche’s best producers.
Even shrouded in obscurity, the wine sold out in a flash. Thanks to the friendship that’s evolved over the years between Luciano and invino’s chairman, we’ve since finagled a Direct Import. This Lacrima di Morro d'Alba was an amazing red, packed with value, before. Now, with our Direct Import price, it’s an actual steal.
“The Marche’s wines deserve to be on shopping lists of wine lovers everywhere,” writes Vinous. Still a Founders’ Favorite, this effusively fruity, fresh wine with insanely bright aromatics and a soft, silky mouthfeel, is both a perfect introduction to the great values of this unspoiled region and an easy-drinking reminder of why we so love the world of wine.
· Founded in the 1950s by Sergio Landi, this wee winery is still family owned and run, these days by Luciano Landi, the grandson of the original proprietor.
· This delicate red was sourced from the province of Ancona, with vineyards planted at 250 meters above sea level that enjoy hours of sunshine and constant sea breezes from the nearby Adriatic coast. The grape takes its name from the Italian word for tear: teardrop-shaped dabs of juice seep out from this variety’s unusually thin skin while on the vine.
· Meant for immediate enjoyment, this fragrant, aromatic red was fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel and is utterly unoaked.
· The grape itself is quite literally a microcosm of the wine world - the planting is limited to only 645 acres in all of Italy. While the DOC was made official in 1985, the Lacrima grape has historical record dating back to the 12th Century, when the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa was introduced to the supple drink during his siege of the ancient city of Ancona (Le Marche's modern day capital).
This is an easy drinking, elegant wine. While on the lighter side, is still full of flavor. You'll taste cherry notes, zesty orange flavors, and a peppery aftertaste.
The Azienda Agricola Landi was born in 1964 thanks to the will of Sergio Landi, careful and patient vine- grower who found in the nature of his grounds the perfect habitat for the Lacrima vine- growing, at the time not yet qualified as DOC. In 1990 the management of the farm hands over to the grandson Luciano Landi who, treasuring family experience, boost the development of the farm changing it in a modern structure. Now there are 11 hectares of specialized vines, of which 9 are red grapes and 2 of white grapes. The technical conception both viticultural and oenological is characterized by the hi ghest increase of grapes quality, always in order to obtain wines giving great emotions.
The unique and inimitable style of our wines originates from its link to a town in the Marche region: Belvedere Ostrenze, located to the North of Jesi, Ancona province, on hills facing the sea at 250 meters above sea level. The presence of vines in this area dates back to several thousand years, and its development has been fostered by long sunlit days alternating with cool nights and sea breezes, which mitigates the harshness of winter months. This ideal climate combines
with a great vocation and a wide range of different soils, going f rom loose and calcarean soils for red berry vines to medium clayey soils for white vines.
For creating our wines we have only added a single element to these favorable conditions: a passion lasting throughout our forty years experience, during which we improved our vine growing and enological techniques. The company was founded in the 1950s by Sergio Landi on a 4 ha property used for growing local
vine varities such as the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico and the Lacrima di Morro d’Alba, whose quality was already known to Frederick Barbarossa in 1167. Currently, the company is run by his grandson Luciano and covers an area of 20 ha. Divided at 50% between red and white grapes. From traditional vine growing the activity developed with the set up of new plants with 6500 vines/ha with spurred cordon system and with a producti on of about 1kg grapes per vine plant.
This wine is flexible and will taste great either with a lighter vegetarian dish or a dish containing cured meats.