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Nusserhof Südtirol Lagrein Riserva 2010
Trentino-Alto Adige in Northern Italy is an area of deep intrigue for me. It is a region surrounded by the mighty Dolomites, very close to the Austrian border. I haven’t been there (yet) but some consider to be the most beautiful wine region in the world.
While this region is known for its taut and kinetic white wines, there are a number of indigenous red grapes in the area. These grapes are Schiava, Teroldego, and Lagrein. The grape Lagrein has a long history in the area and thought to date back to 600 years ago. It is thought to have a genetic link to Syrah.
The winery of Nusserhof sits on the outskirts of Bolzano, Italy. It’s so close in fact that the owner, Heinrich Mayr, lost some of his vineyards to a highway that was built to accommodate the growing city. He farms organically on about 2.4 hectares of vineyards. The Südtirol Lagrein is his top red wine and is aged for three years before being released onto the market.
Italy has so many indigenous varieties and it seems like new wine grapes and being vinified every year. Some of these are made in such a modern style that they became a little “vanilla.” They’re well made but taste like they could be anything. This is not the case with this effort from Nusserhof.
Awesome and wild wine from this urban winery. Full of wild berry fruit, earthiness, pepper, and subtle toast from the well-integrated oak. Wild and rustic, yet modern at the same time. A wonderful drinking experience is aided by the wine’s silky smooth frame.
This is just a wine that geeks need to try. It offers a totally different experience from mainstream red wines. The flavors remind me of Istrian (Croatia) wines made from their local grape Teran. Do you want fruitiness? Check. What about pepper? Check. Old World earthiness? Check again.
4.2/5 (You can find out more about our scoring system on the START HERE page.)
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