2015 Cantina Terlan "Gries" Lagrein Riserva

SKU #1345876 93 points James Suckling

 What an enticing bouquet with blueberries, balsamic, dried bay leaf and Thai basil. Medium-to full-bodied and quite edgy with tangy acidity and a streak of fresh blue fruit. Drink now.  (11/2018)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 As a rule, the Lagrein grape offers thick, blackish color saturation, dark fruit aromas and soft tannins. The 2015 Alto Adige Lagrein Riserva Gries offers all those things with the addition of barbecue spice, Spanish cedar and black licorice. This is a sophisticated expression with depth and a fine sense of dimension. (ML)  (8/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator

 A polished, medium-bodied red, featuring light, supple tannins framing flavors of crushed black cherry, fig cake and citrus peel, accented by graphite, smoke and cured tobacco hints. Finely balanced overall, with a lightly chewy finish. Drink now through 2025. (AN)  (10/2018)

K&L Notes

Monica Larner writes: "Founded in 1893, Cantina Terlano is one of the most prolific wineries in Italy and among the oldest in the region. It offers an outstanding line of wines that embrace multiple styles and philosophies. That inherent flexibility makes this co-operative winery one of the most exciting and innovative models in Italian wine today."

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By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/2/2018 | Send Email
Terlano's "Gries" is among the finest examples of Lagrien in Alto Adige. The grapes are harvested near Bolzano and result in a wonderfully aromatic wine with heady scents of earthy dark plum, dark cherry and blackberry fruit and a velvety palate with rounded tannins. 2015 was a very warm and dry year that yielded small, concentrated grapes. Cantina Terlan managed to harvest at just the right moment making this an especially full-flavored, memorable Lagrien.

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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.

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