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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  • If you want to learn all there is to know about wine, you will have to live a ... producers.  Dolcetto, lagrein, aglianico from Italy can all be had in very good forms for less than $25, often a lot less.  (The world's best dolcetti (the plural) are Chionetti and the Abbonas, Anna Maria being my favorite, and they are right around $20.  Really... Read More

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  • I'm a fan of the Monsanto CCR as well--been drinking the '08 and ... ... adventure.  What about Lagrein? Dolcetto? Nebbiolo? Even little Schiava?  That's the thing about Italy:  We know Chianti and other sangio wines, barbera and some others, but there's so many amazing varieties.  As the winemaking and viticulture improve, some of the less he... Read More

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  • Hello,My name is Kim and I just happened across this site tonight and was quite impressed with it.  To be as brief as possible, I love wine and would love to learn as much as possible about it, particularly so that I can better contribute to my Facebook page I just started called "For The Love Of Wine."  I impulsively decided to start it last ni... Read More

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  • Had some neighbors over Friday for an Italian themed potluck. Good thing I have neighbors who can cook and who appreciate my wine...makes for a nice group effort.Not much time to go over everything in detail, but I continue to enjoy 2011 Barbera d'Alba, and also the 2011 Tommasi Soave that I picked up last minute was a real surprise. I'll be buy... Read More

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  • Cavit 'Alta Luna Phases' Vigneti Delle Dolomiti 2010


    A bit one dimensional with some blackberry and prune fruit, some acidity and a short finish. Not bad for the price but probably not worth repeating. Read More

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  • Wine avenger, which Magnien are we talking about here?  Frederic, Stephane ... ... way more kinds of wine--lagrein anyone?--even if it is still mostly from California. In truth, I don't have big collections of anything, since I am spread so thinly, and I wouldn't say that there are significant verticals or horizontals of anything--that comes f... Read More

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  • I just checked my inventory--updating after purchasing some Myriad Syrah (thanks, OT!) and putting in the Jemrose Syrahs I bought a month ago (thanks again, OT!) and it is now official:  I have more Syrah than Cab on hand and quite a bit pending delivery.  (Um, thanks OT? Love the wines but the space is getting a little tight...)So it seemed lik... Read More

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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

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  • 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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