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Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Wines

Located in Italy’s southern region of Campania, the Vesuvio DOC—which may carry the Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio designation&mdash is situated on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. Literally translating to "The Tears of Christ on Vesuvius,” the most popular version of the name's derivation involves Jesus' tears dropping at the foot of Vesuvius, ultimately sparking the miraculous growth of the region’s grapevines. White, rosé, red and fortified wines may be produced in this DOC, providing plenty of options for successful food pairings. The whites are fashioned from the Verdeca and Coda di Volpe varieties, with smaller percentages of Falanghina and Greco di Tufo completing the blend. While they aren’t meant for long-term aging, these wines are noted for their bright acidity, strong mineral backbone and citrusy flavors. The Piedirosso and Sciascinoso-based reds, on the other hand, are big and bold wines with intense fruit and the ability to withstand several years of cellaring. While it’s evident from our Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Reviews that Mastroberardino is the region’s leading producer, there are many other producers worth seeking out.

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91
points

Mastroberardino 1997 Piedirosso (Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio)

  1. $23
A tightly packed, sly wine that requires a good 30 minutes before it really begins showing all its stuff. One of the biggies of the Campania region near Naples. Medium-bodied, with drying tannins and good acidity, it’s a fantastic food wine made entirely from Piedirosso. Hugely fruity, with a great edge to it. Licorice and friendly oak on the finish.  — M.S.  (3/1/2000)
89
points

Mastroberardino 2012 Bianco Coda di Volpe (Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio)

  1. $20
Made from the Coda di Volpe grape, this polished white from southern Italy opens with aromas of peach, citrus and yellow flowers with a whiff of flint. The palate blossoms with time in the glass, showing ripe yellow peach, pear and lemon drop along with mineral notes.  — K.O.  (12/31/2013)
88
points

Mastroberardino 2012 Rosso Piedirosso (Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio)

  1. $20
Made from native grape Piedirosso cultivated in volcanic soil near Mt. Vesuvius, this savory wine opens with berry and spice aromas. The palate delivers rich flavors of juicy cherry, raspberry and black pepper along with supple tannins and fresh acidity. Made to be drunk young.  — K.O.  (12/31/2013)
88
points

Mastroberardino 2010 Piedirosso (Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio)

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  1. $20
A pure expression of the Piedirosso grape from southern Italy, this opens with aromas of violet, rose and wild berry. The fresh acidity makes it a perfect match for cheesy pizza.  — M.L.  (2/1/2013)
88
points

Mastroberardino 2005 Coda di Volpe (Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio)

  1. $19
The mineral component here is downright fantastic, as are the fresh aromas of pink grapefruit, lemon zest and green apple. Delightful notes of white stone appear again in the mouth to render a chalky, dry finish.  — M.L.  (4/1/2007)
88
points

Mastroberardino 2004 Bianco White (Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio)

  1. $19
From the grape variety known as Coda di Volpe (“fox’s tail”), this is a fresh, flowery white loaded with apple, pineapple and mineral flavors. Ends with spice and mineral notes. Drink now.  — W.E.  (12/1/2005)
88
points

Mastroberardino 2002 Coda di Volpe (Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio)

  1. $18
Bold but balanced; this represents good Campanian white wine that most folks can appreciate. The aromas of lemon blossom, pine and apple are refreshing, as is the palate, which offers green apple, cinnamon and mineral. Long on the finish, and fairly stylish.  — M.S.  (10/1/2004)
87
points

Casa Setaro 2008 Don Vincenzo Piedirosso (Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio)

  1. $20
Don Vincenzo is a sharp, brambly red wine from the blackened slopes of the dangerous Vesuvius volcano. It offers bright aromas of wild berry, cassis, currant and mocha. With its crisp acidity, this wine should pair well with pizza or cheesy pasta.  — M.L.  (6/1/2012)
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