Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wine of the Week - Enodelta Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Rosso

This week the region of Campania, one of the most dynamic areas in Italy is highlighted. With rolling hillsides, beautiful coasts, and striking mountain sides, the wines of this region are just as varied as the landscape. Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio, home of Enodelta Winery, is located in the foothills of Mount Vesuvius. This area takes its name from an old legend saying that when Lucifer was cast out of heaven, he grabbed a chunk of paradise and carried it with him as he fell, dropping it on the coast of Italy, at the foot of Vesuvius, where it framed the bay of Naples. Seeing this loss, Jesus wept and the tears watered those slopes. Where they fell, vines miraculously sprang up, becoming the vineyards of Lacryma Christi. The beauty of this land is reflected in the variety of well crafted and expressive wines from Enodelta as well.  

This week's featured wine is a blend of  Piedirosso, an ancient black-skinned grape variety, and Aglianico, the full-bodied and well structured southern Italian varietal. The Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Rosso is open and aromatic with sour forest fruit and spice. A youthful palate with sour
cherry, crunchy cranberry, almonds and a refreshing finish. Due to it's light body, this rosso can be served chilled, much like a Beaujolais. Pair with margherita pizza or charcuterie and mild italian cheeses.  

Although his grandfather had vineyards and owned one of the largest caves in the country, Antonio Caputo, owner of Enodelta, was not necessarily destined for the wine business. His parents wanted him to become a lawyer with a stable job, but he had other interests and a relentless entrepreneurial flair. He jumped head first into wine, and by the 1980s, when Antonio was in his early twenties, he managed to start making his own wine under his own label. Ever an innovator, he continued to push himself and took on the challenge of making Aglianico, Fiano, and Greco, even though very few people at the time were bottling these varietals. Now Enodelta produces 500,000 bottles of IGT, DOC and DOCG wines.


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