By Jamie Drummond
2008 Luigi Giusti “Lacrima” Lacrima di Morro d’Alba Marches Italy (LCBO VINTAGES # 180253) $17.95
Last week we tried a bottle of this cracking wine alongside a lovely rigatoni pasta dish with spicy Italian sausage, garlic, rapini, and olives. It really worked a treat.There’s no doubt that this wine is quite different from most bottlings on the shelves this Fall and I am in no doubt that this wine may be polarising. Much like cilantro, you are either going to love it or utterly despise it.
This rare and ancient varietal (Lacrima) brings some damn interesting aromatics to the dinner table. I always find a perfumed floral nuance that is often dominated by violets. Personally I find this most appealing, but many find it akin to bathroom soap. The wine is bursting with scented, musky black fruit, medium bodied with good acidity holding the whole thing together.
Edinburgh-born/Toronto-based Sommelier, consultant, writer, judge and educator Jamie Drummond is the Director of Programs/Editor of Good Food Revolution… and don’t say that he didn’t warn you about this wine.