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Lagrein (Italy)

Lagrein is a red wine grape from Trentino - Alto Adige in North East Italy.

Flavors


Blackberry
Blackberry
Blueberry
Blueberry
Cherry
Cherry
Cherry
Bitter
Cherry

Herbs
Herbs
Mint
Mint
Thyme
Thyme
Tomato
Tomato
Leaves

Oak added Flavors:

Oak
Oak
Coffee
Coffee
Chocolate
Chocolate
Stone
Stone

Dark berry flavors are typical for Lagrein, with hints of Fresh Herbs and Chocolate.

Profile

Lagrein tastes like a Merlot with more tannins and body:

BODYMedium - Full
TANNINSMedium - High
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium Plus
Serving temperature:
17-18°C (63-64°F)

Lagrein is often blended with less tannic wines or aged in barrels to smooth tannins.

Food Pairing


Antipasti
Antipasti
Ham
Ham
Hamburger
Hamburger
Soup
Soups
Pasta
Pasta
Mushroom
Mushroom
Pizza
Pizza
Chicken
Chicken
Pork
Pork
Lamb
Lamb
Veal
Veal
Deer
Game

Lagrein has an Acidic structure that pairs best with Medium bodied or Acidic food.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Fat Fish. Tuna. Salmon.
Pasta Carbonara. Lasagne.
Chicken. Pork. Lamb.
Veal. Osso Buco.
Venison. Game. Red Meat.

Cheese:
Mature Cheeses. Gouda. Goat. Grana Padano. Roquefort.

If You Like Lagrein

You Might Also Like:

Barolo (Italy)
Cabernet Sauvignon (France)
Languedoc (France)
Lebanese Red (Lebanon)
Malbec (Argentina)
Nero d'Avola (Italy)
Petite Sirah (USA)
Pinotage (South Africa)
Rioja Reserva (Spain)
Shiraz (Australia)
Super Tuscan (Italy)
Syrah (France)
Touriga Nacional (Portugal)

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for a good bodied red wine.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

About

The grape is very dark, similar to Syrah and Teroldego.
Locally blended with Schiava, Teroldego, Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot.
Lagrein is a great alternative to full-bodied wines like those made from Cabernet Sauvignon.
The best examples can be aged for several years, although they are best drunk within a few years from harvest.
Apart from Trentino-Alto Adige, Lagrein is planted in Australia and California.

Trentino-Alto Adige

Trentino-Alto Adige is located in northern Italy. The capital is Trento.

Alto Adige is also called Südtirol (South Tyrol).

Italian and German are official languages, but the locals also speak Ladin.

Before 1918, Südtirol was part of the Austrian-Hungarian empire, but was annexed to Italy after the first World War.

Early wine production was dominated by Austrian red wines like Lagrein and Vernatch (Schiava).

Today white wines are more important, mostly Pinot Grigio, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Bianco, and Chardonnay.

Upcoming wines are Savignon Blanc and Pinot Nero.

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