100% Lagrein from Alto Adige, Italy.
SRP of $17 and available for as low as $14. Sample submitted for review.
From the winery:
“Lagrein, one of Alto Adige’s indigenous varieties, is typically ruby to garnet red in color, with evocative scents of violets and blackberries. The taste is full, showing a strong structure.
The grapes come from vineyards planted in the clay, gravel and sandy soils coomon to the areas of Ora, Tramin and Egna.
Our Lagrein pairs well with game, red meats and cheeses.
It’s been a while since we featured a wine in our series on Alto Adige, but we’re back today with another tasty one. Before we to get that; however, let’s recap the first 8 wines we covered in this series:
- 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 we have another Lagrein, a grape indigenous to Alto Adige and the second most popular red variety in the area. The 2010 Tramin Lagrein begins with very strong, enticing aromas of blackberry, raspberry and violet plus some excellent cinnamon and licorice notes. Tasting the wine reveals it to be a little rough around the edges until it gets some air, but then it is quite delicious. The primary flavors are similar to the bouquet with the fruit turning a bit tart. The wine also has good acidity and pleasant, soft tannins contributing to a velvety texture. It ends with a really long, lovely finish with more berry flavor and some late developing spice that is quite nice. See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.
Overall Rating: 7.5
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