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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  • That's a tough price range, David.  The one Chardonnay maker that you ... blend of Syrah,Petite Sirah, Lagrein, Merlot and Mourvedre.  According to Wine Searcher it looks like several retailers are offering it in the high teens.In the meantime, welcome to the Snooth Forum.  Please feel free to jump into any of the conversation Read More

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  • Hello fellow wine lovers! I am new to the snooth community, but am finding this platform to be a great place to research wines, as well as read helpful reviews. As an avid wine drinker, I am always interested in hearing other people's wine reviews, and I was wondering if some would help me with my search.  This year, my wife and I are hosting th... Read More

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  • Emark, if you want to see an Italian Lagrein, drive over to Orange.  WineX has a decent selection of Italian wines overall.  Napa Cabs in Chino isn't bad, either--they actually have wines from Ghemme, which are not easy to find.  But no Lagrein, alas. I enjoyed the Imagery (Remy in WA grows one, not as good), but the best Lagrein is from Sudtiro... Read More

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  • Fox, we are having guests, tonight, and I was thinking of offering that Brooks. ... ... of the source of the Lagrein grapes other than Paso Robles, I would not be stunned if they came from Caparone.  Anyway, as Foxall suggests, I will be looking for an Italian example of Lagrei Read More

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  • Hear is a fairly fruity one for you Al.  While it is easy to get the red ... Seaboard finding an Italian Lagrein.  If you do, tell us about it.  I've never seen one her Read More

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  • Imagery Estate Winery Lagrein Paso Robles 2010

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    Bluish purple in the glass. Some herbalness mixed with red fruit on the nose. Easy to drink medium-weight red with a bit of the afore-mentioned red (plum) fruit. Fairly tight on the back of the tongue/palate where tannin and acid are detected. Quite a short aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Two very enjoyable evenings, OT.  We are planning to be up there, again, ... ... a shipment that included Lagrein, Viognier (one of the least appreciated wines in this adobe, but, maybe, thiis example will change our minds), Primitivo, Tempranillo, Petite Sirah and Syrah.  OK, I agree, the last two are not too hard to find in California, and, ... Read More

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  • Elena Walch Lagrein Alto Adige 2012

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    Impressed... 1st taste of an Alto Adige Red. Molto Bene Elena Walch Vineyards. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Lagrein Freienfeld 2005

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    Intense nose, lot of dried berries with some herbal notes. Strong and very long ... ... to the best Alto Adige Lagrein' Read More

    Wine review by thehans


  • Elena Walch Lagrein Alto Adige 2012

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    First taste of this varietal from Alto Adige and I was amazed... Reaching... but I would like to have this wine available at my venue. (Barolo Ristorante) USA should learn about this Piedmont Red. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


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