Rose petal, forest floor, cola and pipe tobacco are some of the intoxicating scents this Nebbiolo has to offer. The first sip greets you with impressions of violets, dark cherries, raspberries and licorice. While the fruit flavors remain dominant, the robust tannins create a pleasantly gripping mouth feel representative of the varietal. Although this rambunctious youngster is delicious now with hearty dishes such as roasted or braised meats, the wine will continue to evolve through 2025.
The Lagrein grape is named after the Lagarina Valley of Trentino, although it is now primarily grown at Gries on the outskirts of Bolzano.
An extremely rare grape in the United States, we know of only a handful of vineyards in California. Bill was able to procure these grapes from the French Camp Vineyard.
This velvety violet colored wine offers aromas of dark plums, cocoa and wild wood mint. The rich mouth feel and flavor of ripe black currants finish with soft tannins.
Enjoy this wine with rich red meat or mushroom-based dishes, such as roasted prime rib, Porcini risotto or stroganoff.
Bill traveled to Italy and worked in conjunction with grape growers there to produce this wine. The grapes are from a vineyard located in the rolling hills of Marche, Italy, and totally pampered by agronomist Dr. Marco Cavalieri. Swept and cooled by breezes off the Adriatic Sea, this area is renowned for its intensely flavored Montepulciano grapes. The intense nose on this vintage displays spice and earth with a trace of cooking chocolate. Purple violets, black licorice and clove lifesavers all come to mind. The brisk acidity and rounded tannins make it possible to cellar this wine for two or three years before popping the cork, but it’s very drinkable now, particularly when paired with a selection of Italian cured meats, Bolognese sauce over pasta or a hearty stew.
We currently have 2014, 2015 and 2018 vintages available.