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2015 Lagrein Riserva “Quand’io V’ero V’era”

Ferruccio Carlotto

The incredible story of Dante’s infamous escape from certain captivity in 1285, memorialized on the label of this northern Italian gem with the phrase he cunningly uttered, makes it worth the price of entry alone! Father-daughter team Ferruccio and Michela Carlotto make only this one bottling of Lagrein from their vineyards planted in volcanic stone soil near Bolzano. It is the pinnacle of what the grape can achieve in the region: a wine with an ebony robe that gives the impression of drinking black silk, with invigorating white pepper undertones. It is the counterpoint to the local Schiava grape, which produces light, aromatic reds for daily sustenance. Carlotto’s Lagrein is the perfect foil to wild game, foraged mushrooms, and rich stuffed ravioli dishes.

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$34.00
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Lagrein
Appellation: Alto Adige
Country: Italy
Region: Alto Adige
Producer: Ferruccio Carlotto
Winemaker: Ferruccio Carlotto
Vineyard: Planted in 1946, 2003, 2006, 2012, 1.8 ha
Soil: Porphyry, Limestone, Clay, Alluvial stones
Aging: Aged in large, older oak botte, very small percentage aged in new oak barrique
Farming: Sustainable
Alcohol: 13%

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About Alto Adige

map of Alto Adige

In the heart of the Dolomites, Alto Adige is Italy’s northernmost wine region. Having changed hands multiples times in its history between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire (it shares a border with Austria), it boasts strong Germanic influence on its culture, language, cuisine, as well as its wines.

The mountainous geography is the principal determinant of local winemaking styles, with the high-altitude vineyards and cool Alpine climate favoring primarily crisp, racy, aromatic whites from varieties like Kerner, Sauvignon, Müller Thurgau, and Grüner Veltliner. A Mediterranean influence on climate is channeled north up the valley until Bolzano, permitting the cultivation of certain reds as well, among which Schiava, Lagrein, Pinot Nero, and Merlot fare best.

Small growers who once sold fruit to the area’s multiple co-ops are now increasingly bottling their own wines. The arrival of many quality-oriented artisans on the scene caught our eye years ago, and we now count three estates from Südtirol, as it is also known, in our portfolio. These high-acid mountain wines make for a beautifully invigorating aperitivo with thinly sliced speck, a local specialty.

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Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.

Inspiring Thirst, page 236

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