2015 Erste + Neue Lagrein
Lagrein is a hybrid of Syrah and Pinot Noir grown in the German speaking province of Alto Adige, in the very north of Italy. Recently winemakers have reinterpreted the grape to create plush, vibrant, light wines. This is an entry into the genre but if you like varieties like Gamay you are bound to love this. Eric Asimov of the New York times describes the grape as "congenial, straightforward wines that can be deliciously plummy, earthy and chewy, dark and full-bodied but not heavy, with a pronounced minerally edge." We couldn't say it any better and this wine pulls it off with aplomb.