RKS Wine: The Tears of Christ (Lacryma Christi)

I can’t think of many wines that have differing legends about them. I have heard a few in Naples on my last visit there and that is when Lucifer fell from heaven Christ was sad and cried tears that landed on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius producing miraculous wines. Lacryma Christi is from the Campanian region of Italy and is primarily made from the white grapes Di Volpe and Verdeca and the red grapes Piedirosso (red chicken feet) and Aglianico. While in Naples I have had Lacryma Christi that was some of the smoothest red wine I have encountered. It is a perfect foil for the pizza of Naples a very unique style of pizza that may leave you saying I must return to Naples for more.

That pizza of Naples : Photo Robert Kennedy Stephen

We get so very little of Lacryma Christi here in Ontario it is a special occasion when it does arrive but did the Liquor Control Board of Ontario buyers buy the best on the market?

We try a 2018 Lacryma Christi from Terredora Dipaolo. On the nose smokey red cherry, blackberry, smoked meat and the air of the slopes of Vesuvius.  Very mellow tannins initially but they stiffen up a bit if the wine decants. A very tight and guarded cherry core with red plum. This is a very lean Lacryma Christi which might open up a bit more and evolve to something more charming. But today is today and I feel the Liquor Control Board of Ontario buyers could have done better. This is a decent wine but I have had better.

(Lacryma Christi 2018 del Vesuvio Rosso DOC, Terredora A Dipaolo, Montefusco, Italy, $24.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario, 750 mL, 12.5%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 88/100)

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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