2020 Girlan Alto Adige Lagrein

2020 Girlan Alto Adige Lagrein

2020 Girlan Alto Adige Lagrein

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Girlan is one of the region’s finest ‘grower collectives’ producing exemplary Alto Adige whites and reds. They have long encouraged their growers to focus on those varieties that best suit their soils, aspects and altitudes and they have led the way in single ‘commune’ and single vineyard wines.

For a multitude of reasons including: geographic isolation, mountainous topography and tiny average holdings, local growers have historically banded together to form co-operatives. Over 70% of the region’s wines are produced by such co-ops and a number, including Girlan, control a wonderful array of the region’s finest sites. Over the last 10 years Girlan has been busy establishing itself as one of the most interesting names of Alto Adige. It was the arrival of new cellar master Gehard Kofler in 2006, however, that really kicked things up a gear. By 2008, Girlan had five wines competing for Gambero Rosso’s ‘Tre Bicchieri’ (‘Three Glasses’) with one 2008 wine eventually winning this top designation. 

Tasting Note:

At its best Lagrein can produce some of the Alto Adige's most striking reds, and this is one such example. Drawn from vineyards within the sandy Bassa Atesina terroir (a canton of the mountainous Südtiroler Unterland), this fine example is raised in large wooden barrels and concrete vats for five months.
It's a gorgeous, accessible red, with an enticing mix of radiant black fruit and spice, alongside pencil shaving and graphite notes. Though only 12.5 percent alcohol, the same exuberance plays out on the fleshy, supple palate featuring integrated tannins, lively acidity, and a vibrant finish. 

This is a Dry, Medium bodied wine with Medium+ acidity and Medium- tannin. It is Medium+ in it's intensity with Medium alcohol and a Medium+ finish.

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The Finer Details:

Grape Variety:

Lagrein

Country:

Italy

Abv:

12.5%

Vintage:

2020

Region:

North East Italy

pH:

3.6

Oaked or Unoaked:

Stainless Steel & Botti

Appellation:

Alto Adige

Style (R/S):

Dry (1.34g/l)

Aged Before Release:

5 Months in Large Wooden Vats (Botti)

Farming:

Sustainable

Drinkability:

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