Lagrein, a cool-climate grape from Northern Italy, has found another home in the Santa Ynez Valley. Our 2017 Lagrein hails from the Joughin Vineyard in Los Olivos, which is focused on small lots and lesser-known varietals. Lagrein does not typically yield high volume, but 2017 produced a bounty! Winemaker Bruce McGuire maintained prolonged skin contact to achieve this wine's texture and brilliant color.
October 13, 2017
July 11, 2019
The 2017 Lagrein is a welcome to the senses. Aromas of blackberry, plum, tobacco and mocha mingle together before they cross the palate with depth and balance to finish smoothly. Decanting recommended.
100% Joughin Vineyard; Santa Ynez Valley AVA
14 barrel lot; 28.5% new French oak; 344 cases produced
2017 saw a generous 2.4 ton/acre, which is a lot for Lagrein. Lagrein is usually low in vigor and does not crop heavily. The dark, brooding wine produced this year is more supple and approachable than prior years of drought-plagued crops. I suggest decanting it when enjoying now, or cellar 5-15 years to experience its full evolution.
Food Pairing Notes
Hearty stews; strong cheeses; pasta with meat sauce