2016 Furggl Lagrein Riserva

When opened, big aromas of dark-red fruit and earthiness wafted from the bottled, with a whiff of aromatic-sweetness. Fruity on the palate, more boldness than finesse. Probably at the top of its game now, as full as can be, with well-integrated tannins, some acidity — and enough heat in the finish to wonder about its labeled 13.5% alcohol.

FOOD PAIRING: Recommended with cheeses, game and other dishes with hints of umami.

SUSTAINABILITY/VINEYARD NOTES: winery powered by renewable solar energy; zero emissions; “natural winemaking”

WHO: Peter Zemmer

WHAT: 100% lagrein

WHERE: Alto Adige/Südtirol, Italy

HOW MUCH: $30 (media sample)


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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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