2007 Marotti Campi Rubico Lacrima di Morro d'Alba

November 27 2008 - 1:20 PM

Some of the most exciting wines around do not have to cost lots of money; on the contrary, some of the more memorable wines can be under $20.

One example of this is the Piedmont wine from Marotti Campi from the lacrima grape, which, according to the label is an indigenous variety.  The wine is produced in the Marche region, although the word Alba in the name threw me off and I was thinking it was part of Piedmont, which is the province in the northwest corner.    The Marche province, on the other hand, is on the east coast toward the center of Italy and, thus, borders the Adriatic sea.

The winemakers on the label described carbonic maceration, a technique used in the Beaujolais region of France, whereby fermentation takes place within the grape itself, as opposed to conventional fermenation whereby the juice of the grape is fermented.

I had to put this one into the books.  For starters, this was the most floral red wine I have ever remembered tasting.   With flavors of rose petals, violets, and blueberry pie,this had very pronounced flavors without being over the top.  Normally whites tend to be floral, especially Alsatian Gewurztraminers, some Sauvignon Blancs, and a number of West Coast blends. 

The Marotti Campi Rubico Lacrima can be purchased at Pastoral's downtown location on Lake Street.  Their Lakeview location, last I looked, does not carry this.  

In the true form of Italian wines, the lacrima has high acidity and thus is very food friendly (though perhaps not cocktail party friendly!), and it went great with the pasta dinner we had.