Fonte del Re is a local place-name referring to the site where an old spring rose. It is not far from Morro d’Alba, the town in the Marche hills which since 1985 has given its name to the DOC appellation. Lacrima, so called from the characteristic tear-drop which weeps from the cluster when the grapes are fully ripe, is a vine that has been known since ancient times. It has been saved from extinction, and is currently cultivated in a tiny production area around Morro d’Alba (near Ancona), about 15 km from the Adriatic sea.
The harvest is carried out by hand and normally takes place in the period from the middle to the end of September. The grapes are destalked and lightly pressed, then undergo maceration for a maximum of ten days in steel fermentation vats. The temperature in this period is kept at around 24°C, with the aim of preserving as far as possible the fruity notes in the must. As soon as the alcoholic fermentation is finished, the wine starts the malolactic fermentation. It is then aged in steel for about four months. A short period in bottle completes the ageing process.
Intensive ruby red colour with violet hues. Typical hints of roses and violets on the nose. On the palate the wine is complex with a firm structure, round and fruity. The finish is dry and long.
This wine will compliment game and other rich meats where it''s firm structure will help to balance the flavours throughout the dish.