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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  • Too funny about the Vernaccia.  "Vernaccia" and ... was like a good dolcetto or lagrein, some of the chocolatey notes and definitely the tannins of a dolcetto.  Very nice with food.My father and mother brought it to me after their new Swiss (Swiss Italian) neighbor gave it to them.  He moved it over from Switzerland (a full case apparently) wit... Read More

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  • A Nice Snooth Link HERE. Thanks GDPA real Northern Italian red wine, Alto Adige Lagrein.http://www.snooth.com/list/top-alto-adige-lagrein/6221/  Read More

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  • Yeah, and Amarone and Barbaresco/Barolo are about as different as you can get, ... get things like Teroldego, Lagrein, Barbera, all of which also age nicely and tend to be a lot cheaper. Most importantly, how long do they intend to keep the wine and where? On top of the fridge is no good for aging. Inside the fridge is way better and if they h... Read More

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  • Hi, my wife and I received a nice bottle of wine as a wedding present that we've now been cellaring for over 5 years (planning to enjoy on our anniversary in the future when its time, online people suggest to 'hold' still). We've never cellared wine before, but it's been fun to have this special bottle that we're waiting to enjoy together over m... Read More

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  • Mezzacorona Lagrein Trentino DOC 2014

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Amid a tongue-twisting litany of Italian wine varietal minutiae leading his ... his ... marzemino, refosco, lagrein, the lambruscos salamino and maestri …  as well as arneis, greco, fruilano, fiano, ribolla, giallo, and, as many wine lovers will be aware, vermentino, which is being made in some quantity now into many highly credible, damned t... Read More

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  • Hofstatter Lagrein 2011

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    Wine review by ALICEPEARL


  • Hofstatter Lagrein 2012

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  • EM, I think you gave me a bottle of that wine when you were up here, and I ... ... ... good stuff.  I like Lagrein in general, and that acquitted itself pretty well.  It's usually a little chocolaty, not real biting acids, can be medium light to medium heavy in body, but can be made much lighter if desired.  Shame there isn't more of it, but t... Read More

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  • Imagery Estate Winery Lagrein Paso Robles 2011

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    Like the 2010, dark black plum color. Fairly nondescript nosesome red fruit, some oily scent. Easy fruity entry. Fruit flavors of red plum, strawberry. Very subdued tannin. Light acid as from peach, without any sugar. Very short finish. Not a complex wine. Easy to drink, but not particularly memorable. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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