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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  • Cantina Produttori Santa Maddalena/Cantina di Bolzano A.A. Lagrein Scuro Taber Riserva 2005

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    The Lagrein grape is an ancient grape variety, whichhas, according to recent genetic researches as closestrelatives the Teroldego and the Marzemino grape fromneighboring Trentino wine region, but its cousin is alsothe Syrah grape from the Rhone valley.The Taber vineyard in the hearth of the Gries plainsouth west of the city centre of Bolzano was... Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • 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

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  • 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


  • Mosby Lagrein Santa Barbara County la Seduzione French Camp 2006

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  • I'm the heretic about Palmina, although I've only had their ... some ... some really good Pinot Nero, Lagrein, and on and on.  Of course, we're in a rut on French wine, too, but getting better and still far ahead of where we are on Italian wine.  (Only two stores carry one bottling each of Vino Nobile de Montepulciano in SF/The Bay Area--and w... Read More

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  • I did some random research today, or just internet wine travels that somehow led me to Valtellina, a place that I might have briefly heard about in the past but didn't really resonate. Anyway, it's a very cool climate, with some of the best wines grown in high altitudes that are run by families, not corporations. As far as producers go, one that... Read More

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  • St. Magdalener Classico "Huck Am Bach 2012

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  • Lagrein Scuro Cant Prod Bolzano Perl "St. Magdalena" 2012

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  • I hear you on the Nebbiolo.  I've had some I really liked, like the ... Dolcetto fondness is like my Lagrein fondness--not an epiphany wine, but it has its own character, it's not widely grown, and it never gets that expensive, so I can drink it at the top of its game whenever I like.  Plus they don't need to be the center of attention.  Since... Read More

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  • I'm looking forward to trying that bottle of Imagery you gave me, ... low tannins--is part Lagrein, part Paso Robles heat.  It's never a big tannin wine, so the knock is it can't age, although I've had rosato made from it that was five years old and doing fine.  It can have more or less structure, but one thing Lagrein has going for it is that ... Read More

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