KELLEREI GRIES LAGREIN GRIESER RISERVA - 2005
Lagrein is an red grape from Northern Italy. It is a relative of Syrah and a relatively hard varietal to find since not too many wineries grow it. This bottle has 13.5% alcohol.
Extremely dark color (almost black) with a plastic assembly line/mechanical nose. Loads of black currant, black plums, blackberries and blueberries. A bit of a rough wine with huge mouth drying tannins and lots of acidity. Some cherry on the mid-palate. A very big, boisterous wine.
SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:
This is a very rough and tumble wine with a huge tannic backbone but it has rich black fruits. This is not an elegant wine and it more for Chianti lovers who are used to high acidity and high tannins. Retailing for around $27 a bottle, I'd recommend this one only if you have a curiosity to taste a new varietal. Otherwise, there's much better value out there.