2014 Capisce Lagrein
This elusive grape hails from the far Northeast of Italy skirting the Swiss/Austrian border, and to date was most prolifically grown in the dolomite and limestone rich mountainous ranges of the Alto Adige.
It makes sense then that this cooler climate varietal performs well in the Southeast of our very own Limestone Coast. In a collaboration of minds - Samuel’s Gorge and a few ingenious mates - and after extensive research into alternative Italian varietals, Lagrein was planted on our friend’s Mundulla vineyards.
Flaunting a brilliant, deep-amethyst hue this curious stallion explodes on the nose with violets and black fruits, raw cacao and salted-tanned hide . It is particularly heady with notes of juniper and cassis.
The expectation from Lagrein’s visual appeal is to be greeted by a monster of a wine. Surprisingly, floral violets and subtle spice are met with spry acidity and a rustic palate. Tannins are firm, leathery and morish and lend this vintage toward a long life in the cellar.
Dust off your quills and get ready to dip into this inkwell of happiness...Capisce?!?