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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  • Recovered enough to go out to dinner with friends.  We started with a half ... that they did not have any Lagrein at all--the Alto Adige reds were Vernatsch or Pinot Nero.  If you wanted to drop heavier dollars, they had some aged wines at the front of the list that were pretty tempting.  The kinds of things you might have at a "Drink Greg's Wi... Read More

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  • So far I’ve worked my way through a pretty impressive set of wines that ... ... Muri Gries Abtei Riserva Lagrein $NA Another wines that is iconic of the Alto-Adige is the indigenous Lagrein. Prone to hard, green tannins, it’s only been over the last two decades or so that vineyard practices and and an understanding of terroir have come togethe... Read More

    From the article Wine Gifts: Italy


  • Which reminds me, i have that Lagrein you gave me. Would have been better than the 2008 Tara Bella Cabernet I opened tonight that was corked beyond recognition. :( Read More

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  • Italy has a huge number of "native" grape varieties, mostly because ... I'm also a big fan of Lagrein from the area ceded by Austria at the end of WW I, Alto Adige (aka Sudtirol).BTW, two new favorite Italian wines:  2009 Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva, good now and going to get better and only $20 in the US; 2009 Il Molino di Grace Chianti... Read More

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  • I'm continuing to try to broaden my wine horizons and try a broad spectrum of new wines.I was lucky enough to find a neat store that only sells Italian wines. And holy cow, did this ever open my eyes to a slew of new-to-me grape varieties! I bought a case of wine - most bottles made from grapes I've never heard of. I figure such complex diversit... Read More

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  • St. Michael Eppan Lagrein 2011

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    smooth drinkable red. jojo liiiike. Read More

    Wine review by MGR


  • In the Bay Area and in the greater LA area, the choices are pretty huge, but ... ... go for in Italy.  Lagrein and Dolcetto are making the scene, but even they can be a little hard to find.I do buy wine online, through K&L and lately JJBuckley, but I try to limit myself to recommendations from trusted sources or things I know.  Right now, Win... Read More

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  • 2013 brought new mega wine/beer/cigar stores to the Portland, Or./Vancouver Wa. area. We went from going from little wine shops with limited selections to 2 stores with over 2500 different wines each.This is nice because you can plan ahead, check your wine rack or cellar and go on line to pick your selections. Once you've determined what you wan... Read More

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  • With harvest truly getting underway in northern California, up to now it's ... ... Heinrich Mayr-Nusser, Lagrein Riserva $502011 Laura Aschero, Rossese, Riviera Ligure di Ponente $652010 Mastrojanni, Rosso di Montalcino $502011 Montevertine, Sangiovese/Canaiolo/Colorino, Pian del Ciampolo $502008 Bucci, Sangiovese/Montepulciano, Pongelli, Ros... Read More

    From the article 6 Great Wine Lists


  • Mosby Lagrein Santa Barbara County la Seduzione French Camp 2006

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    UnfilteredA little spicy then noticeably chocolatey on the nose with dark black cherry and almost black currant fruit framed by a hint of vanilla and dried bay leaf notes. Still powerful and relatively youthful with a nice mineral underlay early on the plummy palate. There's some nice depth here and the acid appears on the backend adding a nice ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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