2011 Franz Haas Lagrein
Where in the world would you be offered pasta and dumplings on the same plate of appetizers, served by an Italian in a Dirndl? Welcome to the tiny region known to its inhabitants as either Alto Adige and Suditrol, depending on whether their first language is Italian or German. In this part of the world in the far north of Italy, snowcapped alps overlook the narrow Adige/Etsch valley through which threads one of the main traffic routes between northern and southern Europe. The architecture is more Heidi than Il Postino and the Konditoreien of Merano are full of well dressed Austrian visitors enjoying the extent to which their own culture persists here in the southern Tyrol.
Janice Robinson describing the area in which Franz Haas makes wine. She goes on to say that he is forging a fine reputation for making wine with real finesse. Lagrein is one of the primary grapes of the area.
The 2011 Alto Adige Lagrein opens to midnight blackness and elegant tones of blackberry, leather, moist earth and tobacco. The Lagrein grape can sometimes lead to rustic-feeling wines but that is not the case here. In fact, this is one of the most elegantly contained and carefully crafted expressions I have tasted this year. The wine offers a true sense of smoothness and grace that shows the potential of this grape that had ultimately enjoyed more notoriety in its native Alto Adige than abroad.
- Monica Larner, eRobertParker.com 91 Points!
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