Cantina Terlano, Alto Adige, Gries, Lagrein, Riserva DOC 2004 This is still a baby with ample structure and notes of tar and earth. There’s a sense in which this reminds me of a young and reductive Northern Rhone Syrah. Let this one sit for 5 years or pair with salame and cheddar for dinner this week. The Gries vineyard is near Bolzano at 750 ft elevation. Bottled in Terlano 13% $27.99 at Traverso’s Terlano

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Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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2 Responses to Lagrein

  1. Bill Bullock says:

    For a rare and fine California version of Lagrein try Imagery Estate Winery in Glen Ellen.The fruit is sourced from Paso Robles and winemaker, Joe Benziger, has made a string of lush,deep fruited wines from this grape. The 06 was just released and the 04 library wine is tasting fabulously.

  2. Ray says:

    Kudos to Imagery for working with this grape. It’s definitely a hand-sell in the United States

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