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The Lagrein Grape


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About Lagrein

(Synonyms: Lagrain.)

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Map showing the Alto Adige region of northern Italy.

Lagrein is a old, long-established red-wine grape originating in the Alto Adige region of northern Italy.

(Owing to the overlap in its home region of Germanic and Italian speech patterns, there is not a single universally accepted pronunciation of Lagrein. One source suggests, in order of preference: lah-GRAH’EEN; lah-GRINE; and lah-GREYE’NE [where that “GREYE” rhymes with “eye”].)

Typical Lagrein wines are deeply colored, with only modest tannins; they have quite intense berry-fruit flavors, and are sometimes described as “rustic”. Nowadays some winemakers reduce the period of carboinic maceration, so as to better preserve such tannins as there are, and some also use light oak-barrel aging. They are not intended for lengthy aging, though a year or so in bottle is advisable. They tend to be smoother and rounder than many other Italian red wines. Satisfactory Lagrein wines are also being made in California and Australia.

Factoid: Lagrein is a descendant of Teroldego, and is related to both Syrah and Pinot Noir.

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Some Descriptions of Lagrein Wines

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Some Lagreins to Try

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Abbazia di Novacella Lagrein
(Do not confuse this basic bottling with their premium “Riserva Praepositus” bottling.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
  (CellarTracker has two separate listings for this wine.)
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Castelfeder “Rieder” Lagrein

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Elena Walch Lagrein
(This is their basic bottling, not their named Riserva.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Kellerei-Cantina Tramin Lagrein
(This is their basic, not their upscale “Urban”, bottling.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Muri-Gries Lagrein
(This is their basic red bottling, not their Rosato or their Riserva or any of their many named bottlings.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks

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For a Splurge

We could find no reasonably available Lagrein wines better enough than those listed above as to justify a “splurge” price.

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