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!