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Lagrein is an ancient grape variety that finds its home in the sunny vineyards of Trentino-Alto Adige in northeastern Italy. Its wines are strong and full bodied with plum and wild cherry flavors, and the variety is particularly well known for the deep, dense color it imparts on wines. Lagrein has a characteristically north-Italian fresh, acidic structure and a slightly astringent finish, making it best paired with food.
94 points Vinous: "Terlano's 2012 Lagrein Riserva Porphyr is darker and inkier than the Riserva. It also captures more of the blue/purplish notes that are so typical of Lagrein. Cloves, licorice, graphite and menthol add the final shades of nuance. As always, Terlano presents a distinctly tamed style of Lagrein, but at the same time, all of the elements are very nicely balanced. What a gorgeous wine this is. (AG)" (5/2015) 90 points Wine Spectator: "An inky red, with mineral and graphite notes lacing flavors of black currant and plum pie, licorice and fig cake, this is well-knit and mouthwatering, an ...Read More »
Two-thirds of wine production in Alto Adige is controlled by cooperatives, and Erste e Neue is an old cooperative dating back to the year 1900 in the Caldara area. Hundreds of growers' grapes find their way to Erste e Neue to produce quality wines from their sub-alpine terroir near the Mediterranean's Adriatic Sea. This Lagrein was fermented in stainless steel before maturation in large wooden casks. A dark garnet color introduces a bright cherry-driven nose. The cherry fruit reverberates on the palate with fine tannins and cocoa powder.
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