Franz Gojer Glögglhof Lagrein Riserva Südtiroler DOC 2015

Estate: Dating back to the 14th century, the Glögglhof estate sits at the edge of the city Bozen/Bolzano, south of the Dolomites. the Gojer family [Franz, Maria Luise and their son Florian] respect and continue the estate’s winemaking history that stretches back many generations. Franz and Florian are dedicated to cultivating indigenous varietals. They practice sustainable agriculture in harmony with nature, with minimal intervention in the cellar.

Philosophy: “Our underlying principle is “Quality starts in the vineyard”. We do our best to preserve it by our gentle technique in the cellar. This way we create both authentic and outstanding wines.”

Winemaking: Grapes are hand harvested from the best Lagrein vineyards in Gries, St. Magdalena and Bozner-Boden. The warm porphyry, alluvial soils are excellent for Lagrein. Fermented in stainless steel with repeated submersion of the mash for greater extraction, followed by malolactic fermentation. Aged in barrique barrels for 1 year, followed by “ageing in wooden barrels as well as the bottle”.

Tasting notes: Dark red violet color with enticing aromas of wild berry preserves, vanilla, bramble and spice. Framed by fresh acidity and silky tannins, jammy wild berries fuse with vanilla, black pepper and a trace of honey. The lengthy finish teems with earth, spice, black cherry and chocolate. Lush and silky, this is fantastic on its own, or with hearty dishes.

Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: Red meat, but above all with game and stews.

100% Lagrein
Südtiroler DOC
Italy
Estate Bottled by Franz Gojer
14.5% Alcohol
$18 [Average price, I could not locate the receipt of what I paid.]
Enjoy now thru 2020

Muri-Gries Lagrein Rosato Alto Adige 2015

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Winery: Muri-Gries traces its roots back to the end of the 11th century when the Counts of Bozen built Gries Castle in northern Italy. With the arrival of the Benedictine monks in 1845, the Muri-Gries winery was officially established. The monastery has always been self-sustaining, and initially its wine production was for its own needs. Today the monastery cultivates 35 hectares of vineyards and has contracted with neighboring wine growers for an additional 20 hectares.

Philosophy: Appreciating the “value of the old, indigenous and often neglected grape varieties” and “to preserve the Lagrein’s typical characteristics, its down-to-earth taste, its rustic elegance and identity, fostering and developing these both in the vineyard and in the cellar.”

Winemaking: Integrated and organic methods are used, with only “natural and sustainable pest management strategies”. The original castle cellar that dates back to the 12th century, serves as the current cellar, housing all of the barrels and barriques.

Tasting Notes: Deep pink with coral highlights in colour, with invigorating aromas of cherry, white pepper and grapefruit zest. Fruit forward with cherry and strawberry flavours complimented by a racy acidity. Pink grapefruit notes accent the wonderfully dry finish. A bit heftier than your typical Rosé, the clean, vivid flavours and vibrant acidity make this a fantastic companion to a wide variety of dishes.

100% Lagrein
Alto Adige
Italy
Produced and Bottled by Cantina Muri-Gries SAS
13.5% Alcohol
$14
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Muri-Gries Lagrein Rosato Alto Adige 2014

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Winery: Muri-Gries traces its roots back to the end of the 11th century when the Counts of Bozen built Gries Castle in northern Italy. With the arrival of the Benedictine monks in 1845, the Muri-Gries winery was officially established. The monastery has always been self-sustaining, and initially its wine production was for its own needs. Today the monastery cultivates 35 hectares of vineyards and has contracted with neighboring wine growers for an additional 20 hectares.

Philosophy: Appreciating the “value of the old, indigenous and often neglected grape varieties” and “to preserve the Lagrein’s typical characteristics, its down-to-earth taste, its rustic elegance and identity, fostering and developing these both in the vineyard and in the cellar.”

Winemaking: Integrated and organic methods are used, with only “natural and sustainable pest management strategies”. The original castle cellar that dates back to the 12th century, serves as the current cellar, housing all of the barrels and barriques. “Fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. 50% of the wine is pressed and vinified as a white wine, the remainder of the juice is macerated, bled off and matured in barrel.”

Tasting Notes: Sunset red in colour with aromas of cherry, strawberry and a bit of dusty earth. Pleasant and straightforward with strawberry, cherry and firm acidity emerging into flinty minerals on the clean finish.

100% Lagrein
Alto Adige
Italy
Produced and Bottled by Cantina Muri-Gries SAS
12.5% Alcohol
$17
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Larcherhof Lagrein Südtirol Alto Adige 2012

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Inviting and interesting, with a food friendly blend of tart fruit, earthy spices and grippy tannins.

Estate: The Larcherhof vineyard is located in the St. Magdalena region at the base of the Dolomite Mountains in Alto Adige, northern Italy. The St. Magdalena church along with the majestic Dolomites in the background has become the quintessential photograph for visitors to the area. The vineyard has belonged to the Egger-Spögler family since 1893, although the 5 hectare vineyard has been cultivated for many centuries. Hailed as a “library of native varietals”, the family are custodians to several rare clones of Schiava. Whilst specializing in growing native grapes, Lagrein is the predominant grape in Larcherhof, and a couple of international varieties such as Merlot and Pinot Gris have managed to be included in the vineyard.

Winemaking: The average vine age is 70 years, although many vines are considerably older. “Cultivated close to nature”, the vineyard is farmed using sustainable methods and the grapes are cared for and harvested by hand.

Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of wild berries and a bit of funky earth. A bright beam of tart red currant and blackberry flavours carried along by smooth leather notes and firm tannins in the medium body, whilst crushed black peppercorn, hints of warm clove and traces of menthol comprise the engaging finish.

100% Lagrein
Südtirol Alto Adige
Italy
Bottled by Hildegard Egger-Spögler
13.5% Alcohol
$16
Enjoy now thru 2016

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Image of St. Magdalena courtesy of National Geographic

 

Weingut Niklas Lagrein Südtiroler 2012

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“Few things are simple in northeastern Italy, least of all lagrein, a red grape that can produce fresh, aromatic, highly seductive wines.” –Eric Asimov

Estate: The Josef and Dieter Sölva family have owned Weingut Niklas since 1969. It is located at the foot of the Mendel Mountains in the village of St. Nicholas in Trentino, northern Italy.

Winemaking: The family farms approximately 6 hectares of vineyards and are passionate about their winemaking traditions, having comprehensive experience with the soil, climate and natural conditions for growing grapes. They believe that “the unique style and love of the cellarer for his product really brings wine to life”. Grapes were sourced from vines 10-30 years in age.

Tasting Notes: Inky red-violet in colour with compelling aromas of tart fruit, violets and hints of funky earth. Tart cherry, red currant harmonized with earth and smooth leather notes in the medium body, whilst a refreshing acidity accented the dry, concise finish. [Made to be enjoyed with food, this pairs well with just about everything.]

100% Lagrein
Südtiroler/Alto Adige
Italy
Produced and Bottled by Weingut Niklas Josef Sölva
13% Alcohol
$14
Enjoy now thru 2017