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.

Regions where the grape currently is important Read more »

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  • Pojer E Sandri Merlino Rosso Fortificato Dolomiti IGT 2006


    Had this wine in restaurant Fyra in Amsterdam; what an excellent choice for a dessert wine!! Read More

    Wine review by Sucile

  • Weingut Niklas Sudtiroler Lagrein 2007


    A lovely expression of this unusual variety, with typically forward black cherry flavours, zippy, food-friendly acid, creamy malolactic and vanilla oak notes, meaty (but not aggressive) tannins, and a sour oiliness that reminds me in one mouthful of a young northern Rhône syrah and in another of an NZ pinot noir. Very enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by Robert Dallas Gray

  • Castelfeder Lagrein Alto Adige DOC 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by lasseverner

  • Castelfeder Lagrein Alto Adige DOC 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by lasseverner

  • "The third edition of VitignoItalia, the wine salon of autochtonous and traditional italian vine, will take place in Naples at the Castel dellOvo from 17 till 19 of may 2009: three days devoted to the promotion and to the business of italian wine of high quality. But this three days are also devoted to the high gastronomy accompanied with the ex... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Vitigno Italia: Autochtonous...

  • Arbios Praxis Cellars Praxis Lagrein 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by kyhayashi

  • I'm headed to a wine/cigar dinner this weekend and the main course is featuring a nice piece of prime-rib (my mouth is already watering). We're all charged with bringing a bottle to share. Any recommendations...I'm tasked with bringing an Italian wine. I'm thinking anywhere from $15-$30??Thanks Read More

    Forum post in the topic Need help pairing prime-rib...

  • One region of the wine world I haven't yet conquered (or really paid any attention to at all!) is Italy. This Friday, I'm entertaining some clients at an Italian restaurant, and I'd like to be able to pick a bottle without having *too* long a conversation with the sommelier. The wine list is exclusively Italian.I'll be looking for a red wine, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italian wine help

  • Cantina Convento Muri-Gries Lagrein Alto Adige Südtirol 2007


    3.75 starsAppearance: opaque ruby coreNose: medium+ intensity with aromas of raisin, dates, floral, blueberry, roses and plumPalate: medium+ acidity, medium_ tannins, long length, medium+ concentration; flavors of plum, date, floral and slight bitterness on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by lglover

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