2012 Cantina Terlan "Porphyr" Lagrein Riserva

SKU #1269692 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 elegant version with supple tannins lending some grip to the spiced finish. Drink now through 2022. 100 cases imported. (AN, Web-2015)

K&L Notes

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.

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Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/13/2016 | Send Email
Porphyr refers to the type of bedrock the vines are planted upon near the town of Bolzano in Italy's Alto Adige region and it is also the name of one of the finer Lagreins produced. The fruit is harvested from vines nearly 100 years old and vinified and aged in French barriques. Porphyr is a concentrated wine with distinct aromas of morello cherries, dark berries, coffee, licorice and tea and mouth-filling flavors of chocolaty dark berries with rounded tannins and great length. This very special wine is ideal with beef, game and meat based dishes.

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/13/2016 | Send Email
This Lagrein is made in the Alto Adige. This wine has an elegant perfume, subtle even, with fruit, vanilla and violet notes. On the palate it is a touch austere and quite full bodied, just the thing to match the rustic, rich foods of the mountainous region like lamb with rosemary and hard cheeses.

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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.

Trentino-Alto Adige

Alcohol Content (%): 14