Stefano Mancinelli. Lacrima di Morro D'Alba Superiore
Lacrima di Morro d’Alba Superiore DOC
Grape Lacrima (di Morro D’Alba)
Clove, ginger and crushed red berry aromas, a departure from the uber-aromatic 2018. Floral, crunchy, bitter red berry and cranberry flavours, lavender, salt and dried rose, a gentle grip of tannin giving a decent texture, bitter blueberry on the finish. 13%
Lacrima is an ancient native of the lands surrounding the hilltop town of Morro d'Alba and to this day it has hardly left the province of Ancona. It has proved difficult to trace the pedigree of this vine, it is said to be so ancient that the exact origins may never be known. Stefano is seen by many as the father of modern Lacrima and was an influential part of its elevation to DOC status in 1985.
The vineyards are on sandy clays on limestone, they are farmed with a ‘minimum impact’ ethic – Stefano has little time for certification organisations. The drainage on their land is excellent, importantly the near proximity to the Adriatic supplies an almost constant cooling breeze that keeps the vines healthy.
This wine is a vineyard selection and a re-selection from the finished wines. The grapes are picked by hand and lightly crushed before starting fermentation on the skins, after a day or two it is decanted off the skins and fermentation is completed in steel tanks. The selected wine is aged in barrels (20%) and steel tanks for 3 months before bottling.