Cork Notes: 2009 Orgiolo Lacrima di Morro d’Alba Superiore

Once popular in the 11th century, this Italian varietal is flourishing once again.

Everything that’s old is new again. As my wife and I celebrate our 26-plus years together this month with a soon-to-be-empty house, we have the opportunity to bring back the things that first brought us together and improve upon them.

The Marotti Campi family, makers of this month’s selection, attempted similar magic, resuscitating the ancient Lacrima varietal from near distinction. Once popular in the 11th and 12th centuries (and only cultivated around Ancona in central Italy), this varietal was nearly extinct when it received its DOC designation.

Now revived and flourishing, the 2009 Marotti Campi Orgiolo Lacrima di Morro d’Alba Superiore ($23.99) is a fascinating wine. Fruity and floral, velvety yet spicy, it’s unlike any wine I’ve tried in recent years.

Available at your local Premium Wine & Spirits store.

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