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100% Lagrein (blink and you’ll miss it)

There are so many different and beautiful wines in Italy, blink and you could miss one. This is what happened to me recently after a spate of Italian tastings in London. It wasn’t until I looked back over my notes, I started to see a pattern emerging: 100% Lagrein. A red wine from Alto Adige, an area up in the Italo-Swiss border, which in my mind, is associated with super-Alpine-bright white wines and Pinot Nero. Yet this peculiar red wine came up winning in tastings time and again. Why? This is a convergence of two style popular at the moment: one style is about powerful, heavy reds and the other is the mineral, lean style. What is different about Lagrein is the two styles do not fight but, instead, meet in the middle for a big, friendly, delicious hug! The Lagrein grape is genetically related to Teroldego, Syrah and Pinot Noir (Pinot Nero). There is a look and perfume of a big wine but there is a leanness on the palate, especially if the tannins and structure are there. …