100% Lagrein from Alto Adige, Italy.
SRP of $16 and available for as low as $13. Sample received courtesy Cornerstone Communications for review purposes.
From the winemaker:
"Dark garnet red by sight, this wine has an ample and intense nose, filled with delightful notes of ripe wild berries and violets. Its flavors are pronounced and sapid, but balanced by ripe and supple tannins. Well-structured with a long finish, this wine would pair deliciously with grilled and roasted red meat, game, or aged cheese.
Today we come to the fourth wine in our series on the wines of Alto Adige, Italy's northernmost wine region. So far we've sampled the following wines from this area:
- 2010 Nals Margreid Penon Pinot Bianco
- 2009 Manincor Lagrein Rubatsch
- 2010 Erste + Neue Weissburgunder-Pinot Blanc
- 2010 San Pietro Lagrein
- 2011 Castelfeder 15 Pinot Grigio
- 2010 Colterenzio Weisshaus Pinot Bianco
- 2009 Castel Sallegg Lagrein Riserva
- 2011 Nals Margreid Galea Vernatsch Schiava
- 2010 Tramin Lagrein
- 2010 Tiefenbrunner Turmhof Lagrein
And today we go back to Lagrein, which is the second most widely grown red variety in the region, behind Schiava. The 2010 San Pietro Lagrein presents quite a captivating aroma combining dense plum, dark berries and spice with violet and licorice notes. The wine tastes spicy, gamy and fruity. The fruit component is quite juicy with lots of plum and really dark berries. The mouthfeel is smooth and soft. It ends with more savory fruit with a nice splash of spice and some lingering smoky notes. Very nice! See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.