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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  • Haven't opened them because I'm waiting for some event where there will ... other wines like that - e.g. Lagrein from NY and Blaufrankish from Michigan. My hunch is that they'll guess the Checkmate as Chablis or a CA Chardonnay made in that style. The other I don't know.BTW, don't know if any of you have been reading about the surplus of grapes... Read More

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  • Building a cellar isn’t always about laying down the most expensive wines ... ... SacraValdeorras5.) LagreinThe iconic red grape of Italy’s Alto-Adige produces wines that blend ripe dark fruits with spice and mineral notes in a well-balanced, medium bodied package. Similar in some ways to Syrah, though with a perhaps more obvious appeal, these... Read More

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  • So on a whim we decided to visit British Columbia. But we flew up to Washington, so visited a few places there too. Totally off the subject of wine, I found an awesome bakery in Spokane and the girl there served me this thing that I thought was a kind of Parmesan cheese foam. In fact it was fermented cashew whip, which was definitely weird, but ... Read More

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  • Peter Solva & Sohne Sudtirol Alto Adige de Silva Lagrein 2010


    Very deep, earthy wine, black berry, smooth tanin and lively minerality Read More

    Wine review by jakubp

  • Terlan St. Magdalener Hausler Sudtirol Alto Adige Schiava Lagrein 2013


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  • That was the second Lagrein I'd ever tasted, Greg, and I did enjoy it.  The first was a CA wine, and the only memory I have was that I drank it. Read More

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  • Emark - I have a Lagrein from New York I brought out to drink with a wine maker friend. I like the grape when it's done right - haven't tasted that NY version yet. Read More

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  • Somebody go pull Foxall's chain.  I found one of his "weird ... ... Italian grape" wines--Lagrein. This is a totally fun wine.  BIG.  MOUTH-FILLING.  Some blackberries and a significant dose of mineral or tar.  As much tannin as I can recall from an old world wine.  I can report that it pairs well with Manchego cheese.  Not a great wine, but, ... Read More

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  • Kupelwieser Lagrein Intenditore Alto Adige 2017


    Inky dark maroon color. Musty nose. Whoa, this one will smack you around, a bit. Just the slightest suggestion of black or blue berries, and, then, Its just tons of minerally, stoney, soily sensations. Ive long laughed a people who insist they want to taste the terroir in a wine. You want to taste the dirt? This is your wine. After just a... Read More

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  • Expedition to Total Wine with a 20% off coupon.2 X German Dornfelders: 2 X ... one German 1 X Italian Lagrein 2 X Malbec--one Argentinian and one French I have no reason to believe that any of these is particularly distinguished, but at the prices I was paying--the most expensive was $21.59 with the coupon--who care Read More

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