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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  • Trentino-alto Adige

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  • Italy

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  • Südtirol

  • Terlano

  • Côté Tariquet

  • Alto Adige - Südtirol

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  • Lagrein Rosato St. Michael-Eppan San Michele Appiano 2011

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    Pretty aromas of cocoa, rose petal and black currant fruit come together on the nose, which is fairly complex with stemmy, smoky and spicy undertones. Rather broad in the mouth with good acids and ripe tannins, the fruit here shows a nice, spicy character in a black raspberry/plummy vein. This is easy drinking but not simple with the spicy chara... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Adrian Classic Lagrein Rubeno 2011

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    Very classic notes of smoke, almond, black plum, mineral and eatery fruit greet the nose. This opens with bright acid in a medium-bodied, lean and fresh style with a hint of peppery spice on the palate over clear blackberry fruit. The fruit is transparent, revealing very sandy soil tones. Absolutely lean and lithe with very soft tannins and a hi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Erste & Neue Lagrein 2011

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    Very fine nose with lots of floral aromas, blackberry, smoke, gravel, tree bark. Really very nicely perfumed with cocoa and spice. This is a touch soft in the mouth. Soft and silky, in fact, with rich, dark berry fruit that has a slight woodsiness to it and a little streak of vanilla. Very smooth and plump with mineral and bitter spice notes on ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Lagrein Castel Turmhof DOC 2010

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    Very similar to 2011 with a lot of spicy wood notes accented by strong floral notes and rich plum skin fruit. In the mouth, you find lots of floral and bitter cocoa with emerging red currant fruit in a softer, lower acid style than the 2011. This is broader in the mouth with slightly creamy black cherry, blackberry fruit on the finish. Showing a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Spigel Sudtiroler Lagrein DOC Rotwein Trocken Voll Fruchtig Samtig Anhaltend Kellerei Kaltern Südtirol Lagrein Alle Rotweine 2010

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    A bit of raw wood greets the nose here with oaky spice. On the palate, this shows off a little liquor quality to the transparent black cherry and black currant fruit. Turning a touch creamy on the palate, this remains nicely bright and fresh on the finish, which shows more red fruit character. This is a very linear wine, very nicely done. Captur... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tiefenbrunner Lagrein Alto Adige Castel Turmhof 2011

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    Tight and mineral on the nose with obvious spicy oak notes. A bit buttery and herbally spicy. On entry, this shows off bright acidity with rather soft, well managed tannins that lend this a juicy feel with plum skin and black soil notes. With nice length on the finish, this shows very pure plummy fruit with black raspberry top notes in an attrac... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Manincor Lagrein Rubatsch 2010

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    Smoky on the nose with a lightly nutty, spicy and slightly herbal underlay. The mouthfeel here is alluringly ephemeral with edgy tannins adding energy. Nice supporting acids etch the very clear mid-palate with lovely sour plum and pomegranate fruit. This shows nice length on the finish with some lightly dusty tannins and excellent focus. Very tr... Read More

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  • Lagrein DOC Cru "Lareith" Erste & Neue Kellerei 2011

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    More perfumed than the regular bottling with a lovely sandalwood tone along ... very different expression of Lagrein that is pretty dense with fruit if not at all weighty on the palate. The tannins are fine-grained and the minerality, while present, is rather well covered by the plummy, slightly mocha-toned fruit. The minerality does emerge on... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tor di Lupo Lagrein DOC Riserva Kellerei Andrian 2009

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    Creamy black cherry fruit on the nose has a bit of bramble and almond as well as a hint of chocolate. Bright and lighter-bodied than the nose might suggest. This is quite fruity and sour plummy on the palate, with hints of red currant and even a bit of mushroom emerging on the back end. This turns quite powerful in the mouth and a bit meaty and ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Lagrein DOC Gries Riserva Ris. Kellerei Terlan-Cantina di Terlano 2009

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    Quite red-fruited on the nose with good depth to the spicy, very dusty, antiseptic and chalky aromas that are topped with hints of rose petals. This is deep and V-shaped in the mouth with great nervy cut on the palate. Lovely purity and precision to the fruit show layers of wild cherry, small plum and black currant flavors before finishing with ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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