Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Velenosi Lacrima Di Morro d'Alba 2008

This is a very distinctive wine that will probably provoke love-it-or-hate-it reactions. I think 86 is a fair score, but I expect some people will like it a lot more than that, others will like it less. If you're looking for something interesting and different, this is a good choice at the price.

--- Kelly's Review ---

Lacrima di Morro is a grape variety grown only in Morro d’Alba, a tiny wine appellation in the Marches region of Italy.  DOC regulations require that the wine must be at least 85% Lacrima di Morro, with Montepulciano and Verdicchio together permitted to comprise up to 15%.

This particular example of the variety is very distinctive.  The nose is ripe and fruity, mostly lychee, blueberries, roses, and a hint of menthol.  The flavours are clear and bright and nicely balanced.  It’s not a complicated wine, but I don’t expect complicated for $15.

I tasted this with a group, and there was substantial agreement on the flavour profile, and also on which grape varieties the wine most resembled.  We all tasted it blind, and most guessed that it was a Grenache, a Pinot Noir, a Zinfandel, or possibly an extremely atypical Cabernet Sauvignon.

It’s great value at the price.  I suspect that its bright fruitiness would go well with spicy bbq.

Price: $15.29
Score: 86
Value: 4/5
Region: Marches, Italy
Grapes: Lacrima di Morro
UPC:  666056000236


  1. Good call on the lychee- I think this was the wine of the week on CBC Radio's Shift maybe in May or something. I tried it- it was really different wasn't expecting the Tropical fruit or Grape Bubblicious. Not Big League Chew or Hubba Bubba. I would try this again- thanks for the reminder.

  2. Hey guys,
    Keep on bloggin! I find your reviews very useful in navigating the wine selection at NB Liquor. Very much appreciated.

  3. Had a sample Saturday night. Blueberry right off the hop. Also some floral aromas creeping in. I would have guessed it a blend with some sangiovese in there. I didn't have it with food but I do agree that grilled meat is the call. Michelle