It is centuries old. It is venerable. It is intriguing. And it is barely known. But then, Lagrein comes from Alto Adige, itself the little-known northernmost wine region of Italy that produces only 1 percent of the country’s wine. And although this indigenous grape is Alto Adige’s foremost red wine, it covers barely 8 percent of the region’s vineyards.
Lagrein’s basic characteristics include aromas of red berries and other fruits, a hint of pepper, rousing acidity, deep garnet shading and a firm tannic spine. Happily, some of the best Lagrein are available in the United States. Of the 20 I recently tasted, I found a number that clearly express those characteristics.
Cantina Andriano’s Tor di Lupo Lagrein Riserva 2007 ($45) has an intense aroma and flavor of ripe plum, lively acidity and a light, balanced oak nuance.
Tiefenbrunner Lagrein Riserva Linticlarus 2007 ($30) shows why this producer is considered one of Alto Adige’s finest. A wineFriedof deep, perfumed flavors mingling with a spiciness, it has a full body and an extraordinarily long finish.
The young Cantina Bolzano Perl Lagrein 2009 ($24) has a zesty acidity and a hint of vanilla.
Caldaro (Kellerei Kaltern) Lagrein 2009 ($20) is also young, an easy quaffing wine showing the grape’s basic character in the fine balance of its acidity and tannin.
Kurtatsch-Cortaccia Frauriegl Lagrein 2007 ($25) is a focused, medium-full, appealing wine with a satisfying finish.
I tasted two impressive Griesbauerhof wines: Lagrein 2009, a young wine with a jaunty acidity and youthful vigor; and Lagrein Riserva 2008, a berryish, forward, sprightly wine.
Elena Walch Lagrein 2009 ($19) displays great balance and taste, young vivacity and a long, pleasant finish.
Castelfeder Lagrein Riserva Burgum Novum 2005 ($50) has the lovely mature flavors that a few years’ aging can bring to Lagrein. Its deep, concentrated nose conjures up toast with a hint of coffee. Its body is compact and balanced. Its finish is long and memorable.
It is an old tradition in Alto Adige to make Lagrein also as a rosé. Alois Lageder’s Lagrein Rosato 2010 ($17) is deep pink, fruity and fresh with a fine balance between sweetness and acidity
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
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