Description 1 of 1
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.
Regions where the grape currently is important: Trentino-Alto Adige, California, Australia
Type or types of wines the grape produces: Lagrein Scuro and Lagrein Dunkel are both reds made from Lagrein; Lagrein Rosato and Lagrein Kretzer are rose.
Best Wine Deals
Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain (1995)Reviewed
Château Mont-Redon Côtes du Rhône (2010)Reviewed
Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva (2009)Reviewed
Cellers Can Blau Monsant (2010)Reviewed
Leeuwin Estate Riesling Margaret River Art Series (2008)Reviewed
Domaine de Montfaucon Viognier Vin de Pays d'Oc (2011)Wishlisted
Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay (2008)Reviewed
Jean-Marc Brocard Domaine Sainte Claire Bourgogne (1997)Reviewed
Sbragia Family Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County Monte Rosso Vineyard (2002)Reviewed
Vina Sastre Ribera del Duero Tinto (2008)Reviewed