Lagrein is one of the indigenous grapes grown around the town of Bolzano in the Alto Adige, Italy's northern most wine growing region. There it is known for its big, rich tannins and very dark color - a favorite at meals.
In California it is the richness of the fruit character that stands out. What one notices, immediately, is how dark and rich this wine is and how drinkable it is.
Andrew Joughin wanted to plant a small vineyard at his home in Los Olivos in the Santa Ynez Valley and he approached our winemaker Bruce McGuire for suggestions.
Bruce encouraged Mr. Joughin to plant several varieties of not very well known Italian varietials, suitable for the warmer climate of Los Olivos. Bruce's suggestions have been confirmed. The vines have all produced excellent wines and when Mr. Joughin retired we took over the management of his small vineyard.
Winemaker's comments: This now 16 year old vineyard is producing superb fruit. Naturally, low yeilding, low vigour vines produce the darkest most saturated wines I have worked with.
I recently tasted a 12 year old bottling from this site and it was very fresh and vital with potential bottle developement for another 10+ years.
Suggested retail: 33.00
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