Sannino Herculaneum 2009 Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio DOC Bianco, Campania, Italy

This wine is a fourteen dollar lesson in what is so great about wine. This white Lacryma Christi de Vesuvio from Sannino is a history lesson, a geography lesson a wine education and wonderful dinner mate all squeezed into a 750ml bottle. Having visited Campania, it is also a mouthful of nostalgia back to the pre-kids days when vacation meant hiking all day and drinking all night.


The history lesson starts with del Vesuvio. Referring to mount Vesuvius, the volcano that erupted and covered the unsuspecting town of Pompeii with enough ash to preserve the town it instantly suffocated for hundreds of years. Which ties into the geography lesson the ash spread around the entire area and to this day imparts this wine with a layer of mineral flavour. That minerality shapes the wine making traditions of the indigenous grapes and finally this is a very drinkable wine.


Nose: not particularly odour emitting, if you leave your nose in your glass long enough you might pick some pear and floral notes. Into the gulp,the mineral dominates, it dances nicely with some very light acid. The pear notes show up, but are nothing more than an accessory-after-the-fact in this wine that is still being made by that eruption back in 79AD as much as it is by today’s winemakers.


Musical Match: I picked a rendition of a well known Canzone Napolitano “Tutta Pe’ Mme” by vocalist Lina Sastri. This is a pretty folk song that has stood the test of time, and as much as modern arrangements have altered what was undoubtedly written to be accompanied by a mandolin, the same orginal song shines through.

Please note: I have filed this under classical, as it is a classical bit of folk music.

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