On the Sorrento Peninsula, such famous tourist haunts as Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and the like adorn either northern/southern coasts astride the Gulfs of Naples/Salerno, respectively. In this land, there is a kind of hidden wine culture – historically, this is the land where wine was cultivated in the greater area around Mount Vesuvius. History, wine history too, runs rampant here; so much so, one of the primary DOC appellations of the area is named “Lacryma Christi,” or, Christ’s Tears. In essence: there are stories of ancient-epic proportions baked into the soils of this area. One producer seeking to bring about the kind of vinous renown such heady history could otherwise convince you was already here is Poggio delle Baccanti, Azienda Agricola La Mura. A now two-generations-old endeavor currently run by Giovanni and Raffaele (the son and nephew of the estate’s founder, Raffaele La Mura), the wines are crafted from the indigenous varieties of this sliver of land that peeks out from the Campanian mainland and slices the Tyrrhenian into two distinct halves for a matter of miles. Fascinating, honest wines being produced with a nod in simultaneous directions, to the future and (very far) back.
A zesty, bright sparkling red blend of Piedirosso, Sciascinoso, Suppezza, Aglianico and Castagnara. The grapes macerate for 3 days and ferment in stainless steel tank. The wine is refermented in the bottle and then rests for about 6 months. Undisgorged, so get it ice cold before opening!