Cantina Bolzano, Prestige Line Lagrein Riserva, Alto Adige / Südtirol, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, Italy, 2016
Prestige Line Lagrein Riserva
Platinum - Best in Show: Best in Show
Lists of Northern Italy's greatest grape varieties often unaccountably omit Lagrein, yet one look, sniff and taste of this midnight-dark wine will send drinkers scrambling to reassess their priorities. This Alto Adige star is spring-fresh in scent, with bright plum, sloe and crushed holly leaf; it's sweet-scented, too, thanks to a well-spent year in oak. The palate is mouth-filling, exuberant and almost explosively fruity, with ample soft tannins and bright, juicy acidity; there's a dark chocolate finish to add to the allure. This hugely stylish wine shows that Italy's Alpine corridor can compete on level terms with Piedmont, Lombardy and Collio.