Lacrima di Morro d'Alba (grape variety)

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Lacrima di Morro d'Alba
Synonyms Lacrima
Lacrima di Morro d'Alba
Art Grape vine ( Vitis vinifera subsp. Vinifera )
Berry color black
origin Italy
VIVC no. 24873
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Lacrima di Morro d'Alba is an Italian autochthonous red wine variety . It occurs mainly in a limited area around the municipality of Morro d'Alba in the province of Ancona . Outside the Marche region , it is only cultivated in Umbria and Apulia. It is used in the red wine of the same name from this region, in which it must be 85%. The name (Eng. Tear ) probably comes from the shape of the grapes, which look like drops. It is also reported that drops of juice sometimes fall through the fragile skin of the grapes.

Ampelographic features

The grapes (intense blue color) are medium in size, as are the grapes, which are elongated in shape. The peel is rather thick and rich in extracts, but very fragile and diffuse during the final stages of ripening (especially when these are characterized by heavy rain), thus causing the leakage of small droplets of juice (tears). The tannin content of these grapes is quite low, which is why the wine made from them should preferably be consumed young. The grapes are quite sensitive to attacks from both plant pests (fungi, oidium and botrytis ) and animals ( red spider mites ) as well as viral and other diseases. The grape variety prefers loam and sandy hills, rich in minerals, very permeable and deep. In the diffusion areas (Ancona Hills) the soil has mostly a pH value around 7.5 and contains a small amount of organic matter. In the past, the delicacy of this variety has meant that other, more resistant and productive varieties, often of lower quality, have replaced Lacrima. The must from Lacrima was previously used as a blending wine to improve or flavor other red wines, whereas today it is vinified almost entirely single-variety . Recent genetic research has shown it is linked to Aleatico , a semi-aromatic vine native to the central and southern regions of Italy.

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