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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  • Terlano

  • Italy

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  • Trentino

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  • Northeast

  • Südtirol

  • Côté Tariquet

  • Alto Adige - Südtirol

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  • 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


  • St Michael Eppan Lagrein Sanct Valentin 2007

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    Deep and meaty on the nose. Beefy almost with hints of cracked pepper and blackberry/black currant fruit, accented with an attractive hint of spicy green herbs. Taut and transparent in the mouth, this shows off a perfectly pure core of bright blackberry fruit, topped with chocolate accents and mint on the back end. The tannins show a bit of a dr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Schreckbichl Colterenzio Lagrein Riserva 'Mantsch' 2009

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    Fresh with definite forest floor aromas on the nose. Above those, there is rich black fruit with a touch of coffee grind adding a bit of complexity. This is very deep and smooth on entry, showing very well for such a young wine. Precise blackberry and black plum flavors here and a hint of mulberry fruit. Smooth yet perky on the back end. Fades a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Lagrein Cornell Sigis Mundus Barrique Cantina Produttori Colterenzio DOC Italien Alto Adige Rotwein Cl 2009

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    This smells strongly of chocolate covered espresso beans. Rich and inviting with a base of toasty oak and jammy black fruit squeezing out the edges. On entry, there is a hint of violet and then smooth, rich almost chewy (but too well balanced to be chewy) fruit. This strikes as a very important wine, packed with fresh fruit in the mouth and then... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • J Hofstatter Steinraffler Riserva Lagrein Alto Adige DOC 2009

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    Leather and a bit animal on the nose with sweet red pastille fruit and floral aromas that are fairly intense. This is gamy with perhaps a hint of brett on the nose. Sweetly-fruited and polished in the mouth with a weightlessness to the intensity of the palate. Filled with dark fruit and featuring fudge accents, light spiciness and very well inte... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Erste U. Neue Kellerei Kaltern-Lagrein Riserva Puntay Doc. Erste U. Neue Kellerei Kaltern Italien Trentino-Alto Adige Sudtirol Lagrein Erste U. Neue Kellerei Kaltern Grosse 2009

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    Nutty oak, leather, violets, crystallized flowers, a touch of animal and ... ... is quite a refined style of Lagrein with finely balanced tannic structure and good complexity. Im not sure it's any more attractive than more rustic versions. 92p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Linticlarus Lagrein Riserva DOC 2009

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    Lovely nose is a bit tight but reveals slightly herbal, floral, nutty oak aromas. This is very smooth on entry and shows really fine integration. Lovely bight acidity and very supple tannins support precise black currant, black berry and black cherry fruit. This remains a little tight but shows an emerging leading edge of mocha spice as well as ... Read More

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  • Muri Gries Lagrein Riserva "Abtei Muri" Red 2009

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    Inky and chalky on the nose with a little cracked pepper spice. In the mouth, this is smooth yet fairly transparent with lovely purity of fruit in a lively, slightly dense style that shows off very chocolaty mulberry fruit. This is so young that it still tastes like a barrel sample, though the great focus on the long if slightly inky finish bode... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Abtei Muri-gries Südtiroler Lagrein Abtei Doc 2007

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    Tight, pure fruity nose with small green anise seed notes over lightly toasted oak and plum skin fruit. This is bright yet soft in the mouth with a polished richness to the wine and absolutely gorgeous purity of wild raspberry fruit, which shows a little confiture edge. On the back end and the finish, I find blackberries over hints of tar and tr... Read More

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  • Cantina Terlano Santa Maddalena Haüsler 2009

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    Gorgeous on the nose and super aromatic with notes of wild plum, flowers and spices all wrapped in a thin veil of wood spice and soil tones. This has so much ripe fruit, it seems almost sweet in the mouth. There's real tension under the pure fruit, with stemmy spice and tobacco notes adding detail and a green leafy note adding a bright accent. J... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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