100% Lagrein from Alto Adige, Italy.
SRP of $27 and available at that price (Saturday Splurge). Sample received courtesy Cornerstone Communications for review purposes.
From the winery:
"This wine has a thick crimson red colour with violet reflexes and a convincing black core. Within the aroma flavours indicate elders, mature berries like cassis, blackcurrants and blackberries supported by floral notes which recur at the palate together with a little fresh raspberry.
Ideal served with a range of dark meat dishes to game with fruity sauces, ribald tureens, which are briefly fried, braised or easily grilled, as well to gratins and hard cheese.
We've now reached our seventh wine in our series on Alto Adige, and the third Lagrein -- a variety that is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. The other wines in the series include:
- 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
Today's wine is a Riserva, having spent 16-18 months in oak to give it some substantial age and it definitely pays off. The 2009 Castel Sallegg Lagrein Riserva begins with aromas of black and red cherries plus a bit of baking spice and smoke. The wine tastes deliciously fruity with nice tart dark berries and plum plus nice spice and slightly dusty tannins. Add in an elegant, smooth and substantial mouthfeel and you have a very tasty, fun to drink wine. It ends with more delicious fruit flavors that last a really long time. Another lovely Lagrein. See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.