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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  • La Vis Lagrein 2007


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  • Robert Renzoni Vecchio Frate "Old Friar" 2007


    88 points. This wines nose is very woodsy. There is a distinct berry bush ... ... ... vs. New World Taste Off: Lagrein ( Read More

    Wine review by Tyler Worth

  • Kupelwieser Lagrein Alto Adige Trentino-Alto Adige Red 2006


    84 points. This wine shows pretty well on the nose. It has a nice, ... vs. New ... ... vs. New World Taste Off: Lagrein ( Read More

    Wine review by Tyler Worth

  • We are having this for lunch on Christmas day and I'd like some fresh ideas for a red and white. I was going for the predictable California Cab and Chardonnay, but decided to see what else others would recommend. I am in the mood to try something new. Read More

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  • Sudtirol Alto Adige Lagrein 2008


    Wonderfully balanced cherries and chocolate. It was perfect with beef stew on a cold rainy night. Read More

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  • Yes, I am native SF bay area Californian... 2nd gen.  Yes, I love and drink CA wines.  Yes, I have started to go outside my comfort zone and drink wine from other regions, many of which I really like.However, my hands down fav. wines are California wines.. unless it is a grape done more commonly in another area and not CA- examples are Torrontes... 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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  • Santa Barbara Winery Lagrein Santa Ynez Valley Joughin Vineyard 2006


    Cork and barrel scent emanates which makes for a illustrious fresh barrel tasting appeal. A gentle twirl paints the glass an deep ruby. Layered fruit and a light jam feel. Rich tangy finish. Read More

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