Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio

I think this post breaks many of the rules set up for the wine section. I’m not even quite sure how to post this in the wine section. But I’d like to alert 12apostrophe readers to a new type and style of wine Dbay and I discovered last night. Since I can’t find an official name for them, I’m going to the name the type of wine “The Volcanics.” Named so if only because it sounds better than ‘grapes of origin grown in high mineral content soil, such as those found near volcanic eruptions.’

The first and only experience I’ve had with such a wine came last night with a wine from the Campania region of Italy, located near the famous blast of Mount Vesuvius. Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio is a moderately expensive wine, which the waitress warned, has “a hint of sulfur in the nose.” On most occasions that would probably be enough to scare most off (it nearly did us), but we ventured forward. And I’m glad we did.

Wine Spectator says wines of this type are: “Dry and balanced on the palate with a persistent mineral finish.” I don’t know about that, but I certainly liked it. A lot.

Also, a little interesting tidbit: Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio is so named for the legend of Christ’s ascension into heaven and his emotion upon seeing the beauty of the Bay of Naples beneath him. The grape, Coda di Volpe, refers to the foxtail shape of the grape bunches.

Sometimes you come away from a nice glass of wine, hoping for a better tomorrow, a prouder moment, a less stressful day etc. I came away last night with one more specific hope: more volcanic eruptions in wine growing areas!

6 Responses to Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio

  1. dbay says:

    Man, I didn’t know I was drinking Christian wine.

  2. Kris says:

    Christian wine is the best–it’s actually the blood of Jesus! You know, if it’s in church. If you’re Catholic. And believe that sort of thing . . .

    But this–this is, technically, the TEARS of Christ, right? Lacryma? Italian for tears? (Unless my Italian is as “sick chicken” as my French.) Either way, great name for a bottle of wine. Jesus . . . It sounds AWESOME.

    We should do the “best names of bottles of wine contest.” Or something. And Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio is the one to beat.

    [As for the rules, Duodecad–actually, you’re quite the member of the status quo (other than drinking volcanic wine): your review is exactly what this wine page was created for, and by posting it in the category of “wine,” it automatically gets posted to the wine page. Voila! Rule-follower.]

  3. dbay says:

    Why is there a cheese wheel on the top of this wine page?

  4. Kris says:

    By God, dbay, it’s a cork! A cork!

    You are SO anti-wine page since duodecad’s wine post got moved over.

    See the idea is to have a new, wine review page blog thingy, and if the posts are on the home page, then why have a wine page? (A good question, you may say to yourself).

    Damn, it DOES look like a cheese wheel, though . . . need new wine page graphic . . . perhaps a contest . . .

  5. Pulao says:

    Wait, though, was there a hint of sulphur in the nose? And if there was, may I congratulate you, duodecad, on choosing to call the wines “the volcanics” which connotate drama, excitement, etc. (and therefore makes the wine sound good), rather than “the sulphurics” which might have connotated raw eggs (therefore making the wine sound like raw eggs.)

    Though I’m always for all sorts of 12apostrophes competitions, I think it definitely looks like a wine cork.

  6. karah says:

    Sorry, but the cork looks like a legless, headless hamster. Better clip art definitely called for. Great page, though!! I sent Dad over to it after calling for his recommendations for a bottle to take to a perty tonight.

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