2018 Ansitz Waldgries Lagrein Alto Adige

$31

100% Lagrein, an ancient grape native to the Italian Alps. It is similar in flavor and texture to Syrah.

Lagrein has a characteristically north-Italian fresh, acidic structure and a slightly astringent finish. It is dense and dark purple/ruby in color. It has aromas of raspberries and plums with spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. On the palate, it is a bit lighter than expected with a spry acidity that makes it an excellent food wine.

Traditionally, Lagrein wines are consumed with Speck. This is a wine that works well with warm, hearty winter dishes. 

 

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Alto Adige, Italy

Alto Adige is Italy’s most northerly wine region situated in the foothills of the Alps. It boasts its own DOC (regulated geographical region under Italian Wine Law) labelled Alto Adige DOC. The vineyards here are planted on terraces, most with high altitudes and a large diurnal range making this region prime for aromatic whites and light-bodied red wines. The most notable grape you’ll find here is Pinot Grigio. Traditionally, Pinot Grigio is made in a dry style with a light to medium body, high acid, and citrus flavors. Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, and Schiava are also grown with this region. 

Christian Plattner’s tiny Waldgries estate is located in the Saint Magdalener hills just outside the town of Bolzano in Alto Adige. While your first thought of Alto Adige may be mountains and snow, Bolzano is one of Italy’s warmest cities, due to its location at the focal point of three alpine valleys. Here they excel with red grapes that are more challenging to ripen further up in the mountains where Kerner and Pinot Grigio reign. Both Christian’s Schiava and his Lagrein are stunners. Today, in the surrounding valleys and ski resorts, you can’t go too far without seeing Waldgries on wine lists; in simple mountain chalets or in three star Michelin restaurants, Christian’s wines are well-known as the best of the best.

 

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