2007 Lagrein Central Coast

(not eligible for discounts)

During a trip to the Italian Alps, Bill became fascinated by this wine that he did not know.   We first tried Lagrein while on a hunt to see the remains of Utzi, the Alpine Ice Man and oldest natural mummy.  (Susan was an archaeologist in her younger days).

Pronounced Lah-GRAYHN or Lah-GRINE, this cool climate red varietal is a 300 year-old cross between Teroldego and Pinot Noir.  The Alto Adige is also the original home for Gewurztraminer. In the spirit of Praxis where Bill gets to play a little with winemaking, we decided to make our own and found a vineyard of California Lagrein on the Central Coast. 

The wine is deep red with dark purple hues and has the body of a Merlot.  There are roses and violets on the nose, while flavors of rich, ripe cherries and blueberries are accented by nuances of vanilla and chocolate.  Medium-bodied with a silky mouth feel, the wine is ready to drink now.

Production Notes

Varietal Composition
100% Lagrein
Appellation
Central Coast
Alcohol
13.5%
pH
3.68
Brix at harvest
23.8
% Malolactic
100%
TA (g/100ml)
0.65
Residual Sugar (g/100 ml)
0.2
Winemaker
Bill Arbios
Production
1040 cases