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97 points James Suckling: "Glass-staining, with plum, hints of anise, red flowers, gravel and dark olive. Layered, complex and hard to resist. Full-bodied. Perfectly integrated, melted tannins. A real triumph. Greatest Lagrein out there. Drink now." (10/2014) K&L Notes: #10 James Suckling's Top 100 Italian Wines of 2014; November 11th, 2014. Named for the bedrock on which the vineyards stand, this Prophyr bottling is 100% Lagrein selected from three different parcels of vineyard which are all nearly 100 years old. The grapes were manually harvested and again hand-sorted before being slowly fe... Read More »
The Bandol Rosé of the Alps! Lauded as a reference point for the wines of Trentino-Alto Adige, Cantina/Kellerei Terlan makes this fresh rose, ready-to-enjoy now, from the red Lagrein grape. Winemaker Rudi Kofler notes: "Lagrein is a distinctive indigenous wine. It can be enjoyed as a full-bodied red but also, in the warmer months of the year, as a fruity rosé. Thanks to its fresh and uncomplicated character, the rosé is becoming increasingly popular among wine connoisseurs."
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From the Winery; "Lagrein is a super rare grape variety originating in northeast Italy. However these grapes came from a little vineyard in the Santa Clara Valley just off Hwy 152 in northern California. Lagrein naturally has these intense deep aromas of dried fruits and a great dark inky purple hue that could make Petit Sirah check itself twice. The wine came out full-bodied but not jammy with great acidity that gives it this killer freshness. In case you were wondering where the label came from, my two favorite midnight companions are wine and guitars... Read More »
This comes from a small suburb of Bolzano called Gries, where the alluvial soils are perfectly suited to Lagrein--a native grape that has been grown in the region since at least 1379. The fruit is manually harvested, slowly fermented in stainless and finished in mostly large wooden barrels (70%) and barriques (one-third new). Always a favorite, this cool climate red is ink-dark and packed with lifted dark berry fruit, fine tannins and exotic spice. It's particularly delicious with game, offal and aged cheeses.