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Lagrein Alto Adige Steinraffler 1997

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

dark and bricky in color this looks older than the other wines. Effusive on the nose with deep notes of old wood, underbrush, gamy, prosciutto, wild boar meat, fruit tones of pear and apricot then a touch of cigar ash and mint this is compelling on the nose with a wild array of aromatics. In the mouth this is nice and bright with great transparency to the elegant, midweight body that offeres up evolved notes of dried herbs, dried cherry fruit, a touch of vanillin a hint of tobacco, a touch of tea and dry, grey mineral tones on the midpalate. A bit angular on the finish with a touch of mouthgrab though long and pure with mineral tinged wild berry notes and a finale with fleshy peach tones. With dinner the nose had settled into a fine gamy, tobacco driven groove with a base of cigar box spice and recalled a funky old bordeax, a bit Gruaud like. It gained a bit of richness in the mouth with lots of soft tannins supporting the beautiful dark fruit and while some of the earlier complexity was gone the fine balance and elegant texture of the wine kept this compelling. Absolutely at peak though note likely to remain there for much longer this was my WOTN! 2008-2011

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J. Hofstätter:
Taking stock of the past ten years I can confidently assert that the exceptional character of our local vineyards and grape varieties is reflected in our wines more than ever. South Tyrol’s best-known vines are cultivated in the Hofstätter wine estate. We even enjoy the unique privilege of owning vineyards in the finest sites on both sides of the Adige River in southern South Tyrol. However, it... Read more
Taking stock of the past ten years I can confidently assert that the exceptional character of our local vineyards and grape varieties is reflected in our wines more than ever. South Tyrol’s best-known vines are cultivated in the Hofstätter wine estate. We even enjoy the unique privilege of owning vineyards in the finest sites on both sides of the Adige River in southern South Tyrol. However, it is precisely the work in the vineyards which I find the most challenging: decades of monoculture have exhausted the soils, sapped them of their vigour, the vigour which the grapevine needs to stay healthy and unfold its vitality to the full. And today the vine needs vital force more than ever before to withstand the increasingly extreme weather conditions. The word ‘terroir’ is often bandied about, as if it referred to an established factor, while in reality it is subject to the very same fluctuations that the far-sighted winegrower is confronted with in his daily work. He needs to recognise the elementary preconditions necessary for vines to yield superlative, distinctive, unmistakable wines, cultivating, fine-tuning and focusing his methods. This is the only way to enhance the quality of grapes in a vineyard which has always produced excellent fruit. I am striving to attain this without advance knowledge of the extent to which the world-wide ecological challenges are to be surmounted in a small organism such as a vineyard. I am confident that a workable solution will be found! Read less

Editorial Reviews for Lagrein Alto Adige Steinraffler

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,328
4.50 5
09/22/2008

dark and bricky in color this looks older than the other wines. Effusive on the nose with deep notes of old wood, underbrush, gamy, prosciutto, wild boar meat, fruit tones of pear and apricot then a touch of cigar ash and mint this is compelling on the nose with a wild array of aromatics. In the mouth this is nice and bright with great transparency to the elegant, midweight body that offeres up evolved notes of dried herbs, dried cherry fruit, a touch of vanillin a hint of tobacco, a touch of tea and dry, grey mineral tones on the midpalate. A bit angular on the finish with a touch of mouthgrab though long and pure with mineral tinged wild berry notes and a finale with fleshy peach tones. With dinner the nose had settled into a fine gamy, tobacco driven groove with a base of cigar box spice and recalled a funky old bordeax, a bit Gruaud like. It gained a bit of richness in the mouth with lots of soft tannins supporting the beautiful dark fruit and while some of the earlier complexity was gone the fine balance and elegant texture of the wine kept this compelling. Absolutely at peak though note likely to remain there for much longer this was my WOTN! 2008-2011


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Snooth User: arasekhi
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