2004 Convento Muri-Gries "Abtei Muri" Lagrein Scuro Riserva (Previously 45)

SKU #1036146

3 Glasses Gambero Rosso for the 9th year in a row! If you've never had Lagrein this is the wine to try, Smoky, earthy flavors with a rich, sumptous finish. First bottled in 1989, it is aged for 18 to 20 months in small 40% new oak barrels.

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By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/28/2009  | Send Email
Lagrein is the Alto Adigeís most powerful and famous indigenous grape variety that has been said to have its genetic roots in Syrah. The wines are dense, dark and meaty, not unlike what you might expect in Syrah. The Alto Adige is the most northerly portion of Italy and is bordered by Austria to the north, the Alps to the west and the Dolomites to the east. The wine is soft, supple, seductive, complex, full of blackberry fruit, earth, licorice and violets and fresh crushed black pepper. Itís almost opaque in color and is an excellent example of this varietal in a spectacular vintage!

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Varietal:

Lagrein

- 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 rosť -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.
Country:

Italy

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Trentino-Alto Adige