Lacrima di Morro d'Alba
Lacrima di Morro d'Alba is a fantastic typical Marche red wine. Its name derives from the fact that the ripe grapes sometimes break and let their juices flow like "tears". The first historical mention of the Lacrima dates back to 1167, when Frederick Barbarossa, during the siege of Ancona, chose as the castle of Morro d'Alba as its home. There, he had the chance enjoy this famous wine. Lacrima is in fact produced in a small area north-west of Ancona in the municipality of Morro d'Alba and some neighboring towns.
Great wines and fantastic food are produced in this area, such as Ciauscolo IGP, the famous spreadable salami that is a god match for this wine and Formaggio di Fossa di Sogliano DOP.
Lacrima di Morro d'Alba is produced mainly from the local grape variety, which gives the wine a deep and intense ruby red color. Scents are complex and well-defined, reminding of red flowers, berries and even red fruit jam. When it is aged, it gains peculiar hints of strawberry tree, a wild fruit which grows in the nearby areas. On the palate, it is a wine with good structure, warm and dry, with well pronounced, but not sharp tannins, supported by good acidity.
It is usually enjoyed young, or within three years of aging, to appreciate the wonderful fruity scent and taste. Traitionally, it goes well with cold cuts such as Ciauscolo and salame lardellato di Fabriano. It is excellent with pasta dishes with meat sauces and grilled meats such as turkey with chestnuts.