Bottega Vinai Trentino Lagrein 2017, Cavit
Italy / Trentino
Andy's Tasting Notes
Lots of interest in this characterful grape variety, and a great value to quality ratio. A great food wine. An interesting, characterful red from the Lagrein grape – a combination of vibrant bitter cherry and plum fruit with darker, spicier notes. Indigenous to Trentino and thought to be related to Syrah.
Production notes: Produced from fruit grown in the Valle del Sarca, on loose stony-limestone soils which benefit from the warm wind coming from Lake Garda. Lagrein prefers warm, sheltered areas and produces wine of noteworthy concentration and complexity.
A warm spicy nose with lightly smoky aromas, which mingle with plum, red berries and a hint of chocolate. The palate is finely structured with supple tannins and bright balancing acidity. Ripe plum and blackberry fruit lead to long, savoury finish with a typically Italian bitter cherry twist.
Price per bottle £11.60
Cavit is a leading co-operative in the mountainous Trentino region of northeast Italy. The winery began as a consortium of associated grape growers in 1950, with a dedicated winery at Ravina di Trento built in 1964. Today it unites 11 separate cellars and their combined 4,500 grape growers across 7,000 hectares of vineyard, to produce an impressively broad portfolio from an intriguing palette of indigenous and international grape varieties. Trentino has a much higher proportion of wines produced as DOC than any other region in Italy – an average of 80% of the region’s wines have a DOC classification, compared to around 30% elsewhere in the country. Remarkably, Cavit accounts for 60% of this region’s wine production and they advise and supervise all aspects of this production from the vineyard to the bottle.
Food matchRich tomato based pasta dishes