With wild rose and lavender in the aroma, this wine has spicy, brambly dark red fruit too, and black cherry, especially on the mid- and end-palate. While the wine is somewhat herby and spicy, both tannins and acidity feel mild. Fruit is the overwhelming take-away with this wine, which pairs well with medium weight cheeses and grilled meats.

— Becky Sue Epstein

WHO: Tiefenbrunner

WHAT: 100% Lagrein

WHERE: Alto-Adige DOC, Italy

HOW MUCH: $18 (media sample)

About The Author

Becky Sue Epstein

An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, Becky Sue's work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, www.wine-pages.com and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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