Lagrein

Common synonyms: Lagarino, Lagrain, Lagrein Kretzer

Parentage of the grape: Teroldego crossed with Schiava gentile

History of the grape: First mentioned in the 17th century in the records of the Muri Benedictine monastery, this variety may hail from the Lagarina valley in Trentino. DNA profiling proved in 2004 that Lagrein is the product of a cross between Schiava Gentile and Teroldego. This grape variety is frequently added in small quantities to lighter, softer varieties such as Pinot Nero and Schiava. In such a role, it contributes acidity, color, and tannin. Lagrein is extremely productive, but when not overcropped, it can make truly formidable wines.

In 1988, Peter May of Melbourne University brought Lagrein to Australia. Small quantities of the variety are planted in the United States as well.

Characteristics of the grape: deep in color, firmly tannic, with good acidity and flavors of chocolate, herb, and plum. Can have a bitter finish.

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  • Interesting lineup--nice group of California quality-but-not-cult makers.  ... dropped when I drank my last Lagrein this week, and I'm probably out of dolcetto, too.)  To each his own.  Usually when you see that, it's someone buying some French thing, like a particular Burgundy or Bordeaux. I've certainly had a few of those wines, or others by ... Read More

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  • Great one, Mark.  Note the 12.5 percent ABV. Drank a 2014 Castel Sellagg Lagrein last night with lasagna.  I'd have gone with something sharper in acid, like Chianti, but it was there on the shelf.  And it's only a $15 wine.  But total overperformer.  Chocolate notes that I often get from dark lagreins, and this one was dark--nearly opaque purpl... Read More

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  • Sandra and I were invited to attend a special wine tasting event in Washington DC tonight - called, "GEMS on the Road".  These were wine selections from twelve California wineries, with an emphasis on Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon varietals.  It wasn't cheap mind you as you could select as much as you wished to consume.  There were horderves... Read More

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  • JD, I won't bother with Chilean Cab in general, but the Castillero del ... ... same button for me that good Lagrein dunkel does. Okay, last night we had our friends Steve and Doug over, celebrating their friendship and salving our wounds.  Stated with NV Piper Heidsieck champers, then moved on to 2010 Clio from El Nido/Juan Gil Family Estates.... Read More

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  • I bought this wine a couple years ago at the winery.  Later, that evening, ... gave them each a bottle of Lagrein that I'd also purchased that day at another winery.  They are probably wishing that I'd given them this. It's not exactly a secret that I like red wines from the Spring Mountain Diistrict AVA.  They are it seems, without exception, ... Read More

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  • Or just go Piedmont and Alto Adige, or just North Italy - there are lots of ... in the region. Teroldego, Lagrein, Freisa, Vernatsch/Schiava, and Brachetto in addition to the Ruché. All those can be real nice grapes too. Freisa and Schiava are often floral and candied on the nose, Brachetto is like strawberries, and Lagrein and Teroldego are s... Read More

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  • Planning to do some exploring into Italy's other wine varietals, those without the fanfare or popularity of Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto, etc.First up is a Ruche with a few years bottle age by Montalbera, apparently a lighter wine that was traditionally brought out for special occassions...figure this should make for a nice aperti... Read More

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  • Last night was a good time and I'll consider it part of the weekend so ... ... below.  The grapes are Lagrein, Pinot Meunier and Gaglioppo.  I've never heard of those prior to last night.  I started with a full glass of a Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon, the Field Recordings 'Neverland', 2013 Paso Robles, California selection on the red wines b... Read More

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  • After many articles discussing customer dissatisfaction, Premier Cru, a very ... Cru. I did buy a bottle of Lagrein to take to dinner with GdP and OT and others at an offline.  The store was really large and elegant, and there was a room with glass walls for the big spenders and fanciest bottle.  But the main showroom had a fairly large number... Read More

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  • Mine was a supermarket wine, so there's a reason it would be different from ... ... slight) made me think Lagrein.  I didn't think it was at all Burgundian, probably because of the tannins, but if you drink oaked up Burg, it could have that impression.&nbs Read More

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