2011 Erste e Neue Lagrein Alto Adige Rosato

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Erste e Neue is a highly revered co-op located high up in the Mediterranean Alps in the Alto Adige region of Northeast Italy, where it is primarily famous for producing racy, refreshing, and mineral-driven white wines from the varietals that thrive there. Lagrein is a relatively rare red grape indigenous to Alto Adige which is the offspring of the ancient variety Teroldego. The Oxford Companion to wine describes Lagrein as producing a "fragrant and sturdy" rosato, and we couldn't agree more.

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Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/25/2012 | Send Email
Erste Neue’s Lagrein Rose is quite distinctive. It seems calmer, deeper--a mature, less rambunctious rose, neither frivolous nor self consciously pretty. The floral spice angle contrasts nicely with a crunchy berry notion, something like a compromise between cranberry and cherry. The fruit never dominates, however, and it finishes clean and dry. A compelling alternative to the familiar rose favorites that's well worth checking out.

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- This lesser known red varietal grown in Italy's Trentino-Alto-Adige is said to be a cousin of Syrah. It's made into intensely deep red wines that are at once broad and elegant, and most often labeled Lagrein Dunkel or Lagrein Scuro. It's also occasionally made into a rosé -Lagrein Rosato - but these are rarely imported into the United States. Characterized by dark fruit, chocolaty undertones, fresh herbs and good acidity that complements the varietals more rustic tannins.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.

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