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The Piedirosso Grape


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About Piedirosso

(Synonyms: Palombina, Palumbina, Palumbo, Palumina, Per’e Palummo, Streppa Verde.)

Background

Map showing the Campania region of Italy

Piedirosso is an ancient red-wine grape originating in the Campania region of Italy, at or near Mount Vesuvius; nowadays, it is grown mainly around Naples. This variety is not the same as either Piedirosso Avellinese or Piedirosso Napoletano (neither of which is commercially produced, so you should be safe with any bottling labelled “Piedirosso”). This variety is the dominant (and sometimes sole) grape used in the famous “Lacryma/Lacrima Christi del Vesuvio Rosso” wines (the only other allowed grape being Sciascinoso aka Olivella, a grape rarely seen other than in Lacryma Rossi).

Well-made Piedirosso wines are about as dark a color as red wines can get. They are said to be rich in the usual red-wine flavors and aromas—red fruit and dark fruit—but also to have some dark-flavor overtones such as mushroom, damp earth, and even espresso. And besides all that, they have a perceptible minerality plus what is usually called a hint of salinity. All in all, quite a complex of sensations.

Factoid: Piedirosso means “red feet”, but the reference is to the appearance of the grape bunches, said to resemble the toe of a pigeon or dove (hence its local name Per’e Palummo, meaning leg of the pigeon, or dove if pigeons are too plebian).

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Some Descriptions of Piedirosso Wines

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Some Piedirossos to Try

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This is another fine variety hard to get in the U.S. marketplace. Between actual “Piedirosso” and “Lacryma Christi Rosso” labels, there are quite a few available, but almost all carried by—per the wine search engines—one or at most two shops; and most of those bottlings have few or no critical reviews available. The short list below is all we could find with reasonable availability (and even that sometimes a bit short).


La Sibilla Campi Flegrei Piedirosso

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Mastroberardino Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Rosso
(100% Piedirosso.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Terredora Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Rosso
(100 % Piedirosso.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks

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For a Splurge

We could find no reasonably available Piedirosso wines better enough than those listed above as to justify a “splurge” price.

Our nomination is the .

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks

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