Luigi Giusti Lacrima di Morro d’Alba
Montignano, Marche 2015
Earl Grey as a descriptor is not only accurate due to the bergamot scent, but there is also a slightly bitter and distinctly black tea like tannin to this wine, as well as in other well made Lacrimas. The blueberries and Morello cherries are ripe and ample here and may actually dupe you into thinking it might finish with some sweetness. It does not. There is very little of this grape to be found in the world, and all of it in this small clay hilled region just a few kilometers from the Adriatic Sea. It is not at all easy to grow, but the reward is evident. And there is no greater champion for this difficult grape variety than Piergiovanni Giusti. Lacrima is actually an Italian word you may recognize, meaning tear or tear drop. So named for the loose shape of the grapes that can resemble tears. Or because the fragile thin skins of the grape have a tendency to break and let go teardrops of juice. Or is it simply just so good it will bring tears to your eyes? As with many Italian wines and grapes, the explanation is best left to a good story.