“At times, it really does seem like Italy has more grape varieties than it knows what to do with”. . . Ian D’Agata
Yes Italy is blessed with more than 500 different indigenous grape varieties and one found my name. Or perhaps it was the other way around. Our family name (Marasco) is derived from the Marasca cherry, a type of Morello cherry cultivated in northern Italy near the border of Croatia and in Dalmatia. A favored fruit in Italy (Maraschino liquor is made from Marasca cherries), the rich, tart berry flavor has been preserved in jellies and jams and are nothing like the bright cherry bombs you find in bar cocktails.
Although the variety is native to central Asia, the cherries have a long historical association with Italy;Dalmatia at times being an Italian territory and having numbers of Italian inhabitants.
Several Barolo DOCG wines from Piemonte have benefited from the fruity aroma of the marasca cherry including our namesake – the Franco Martinetti Marasco Barolo.
Described as “intense; barely revealing promising fragrances yet to unravel” its vinography reads like a 30 Shades sequel – “this wine is as warm as a women who has just made love; opulent and sensual”, better as time goes by with a “long and bewitching finish”. I’m thinking I may have found my wine muse.