Monday, June 28, 2010


TERREDORA LACRYMA CHRISTI DEL VESUVIO ROSSO 2007, DOC Lacryma Christi Del Vesuvio (Campania, Italy); #93088; Price: $18.95; 13.0% ABV
Another of those uncommon Italian varietals, 100% Piedirosso, from the largest producer in Campania. Handpicked. 6 days maceration. Aged 8 months in French oak.  Red ruby in colour, the aromas reminded me of a Languedoc red:  lots of garrigue (dried herbs, rosemary), pine, tar, as well as smoky bacon, minerality, red cherry and cassis.  The fruit aromas are subtle.  Lively acidity and grippy tannins punch you in the mouth, with flavours of pine, bacon, and sun-dried cherry.  Medium-bodied, it's unusual with the grippy tannins and dried herb flavours overwhelming the fruit through to a medium-long finish.  Could work with grilled lamb with a tomato-based salsa.

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