Italians are often considered the benchmark for life enjoyment. Masters at creating and appreciating beauty, their craft is praised across the globe and whether it’s leather, marble or tomatoes, there’s a shared appreciation for artisan dexterity common through the country’s countless and diverse regions.
When it comes to wine, let’s be honest, Italy can be a bit less consistent. A tradition of soft adherence to rules and the double-edged sword of mass popularity have made the sourcing of top-quality yet affordable Italian wines a task comparable to stumbling into a Dolce & Gabbana bargain in a TK Maxx. And just as your week is made when you find that designer you love among the randoms, the feeling of satisfaction is strong when discovering a wonderful bottle from the Mediterranean country.
Rubico Lacrima Di Morro D’Alba 2015 is that chic handbag waiting in a corner for a sharped-eyed fashionista. It’s made from a rare and indigenous grape variety called Lacrima, Italian for “teardrop”, which it’s found almost exclusively in the Lacrima di Morro d’Alba DOC in central Italy (located between Tuscany and the Adriatic Sea).
The wine is made by the family-run Marotti Campi winery, with a history of winemaking in the area since the late 19th century. It is bright and its intense tone with a gleam of magenta reveals its youthful character, exacerbated by the winemaker’s decision to resort partially to carbonic maceration, a technique that translate in a generous fruitiness, juicy and mellow.
Moderate in acidity and tannin, this ripe cranberry and sour cherry bomb is a friendly summer red that will be very pleasant slightly chilled. If you like young Rioja or fruity Gamay, this is one you’ll enjoy. Channel the passionate kiss of the Italian summer sun by pairing it with pasta or, if rain gets the best of you, bring in the Netflix and discover how great it pairs with a meaty pizza.
Rubico Lacrima Di Morro D’Alba 2015 is available at O’Briens Wine at €15.95.
Gabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.
Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.