2015 Cantina Terlan "Porphyr" Lagrein Riserva

SKU #1386255 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)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Alto Adige Lagrein Riserva Porphyr opens to an inky dark color with blackish hues at the rim. The wine's appearance is impenetrable and extra thick. The bouquet is built upon thick layers of dried blackberry, prune, dark plum and dried cherry. Lagrein does not offer tight tannins, yet this wine delivers firm structure nonetheless. Smoke, moist chewing tobacco and dried herb appear on the close. Grapes are harvested by hand, and the wine ends up in oak for 18 months, split between first, second and third year barrels. (ML)  (8/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator

 An elegant, medium- to full-bodied red, this layers light, plush tannins with a finely woven range of crushed black currant, dried thyme, spice box and smoke-tinged mineral flavors. Offers a fresh, graphite-laced finish. Drink now through 2025. 1,833 cases made. -AN  (11/2018)

K&L Notes

Named for the bedrock on which the vineyards stand, this Porphyr 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 fermented and the wine aged in barriques for 18 months. A nose of cherry and licorice with coffee, vanilla and clove introduces a concentrated palate which reverberates the nose in layers with cocoa and a lingering pepperiness.


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By: Cameron Hoppas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/5/2019 | Send Email
You can really sense the familial relationship to Syrah in this Lagrien--it's aroma could pass for northern rhone! This bottle is incredibly unctuous. It's dark fruit, gamey and smokey aromas are supported by it's juicy acidity and velvety rich texture. It has so much depth and complexity that I could find myself waxing poetic, if only I weren't so busy returning to the glass.

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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 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.
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.
Sub-Region:

Trentino-Alto Adige

Alcohol Content (%): 14