Wine Review: Elena Walch Lagrein Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

San Jose Mercury News reporter Jessica Yadegaran, asked me in a recent interview what wine are you really excited about these days. I thought about it for a moment and it was an easy answer 2012 Elena Walch Lagrein. It is clean, pure, and there’s no heavy-handed oak. It is somewhere between a well-made pinot noir and a merlot but, again, without that oak. The aromas are enticingly crisp and focused cherry chocolate and fresh ground pepper leading to flavors of super ripe blackberries, sweet plum and soft leathery tannins. 

Elena and her two daughters, Karoline and Julia Walch

Elena and her two daughters, Karoline and Julia Walch

The forward acidity is balanced by the fruity softness in this sophisticated and elegant package. What kind of food to pair? Fava bean and porcini mushroom linguine with a little white wine, butter, and reduced chicken stock sprinkled with some aged Romano would make a perfect pairing for this wine. There is a fair amount of earthiness to this Lagrein, and a clean softness to the fruit that would balance nicely with this dish.

Rating: Excellent (90) | $20 | 13.0% ABV

Elena Walch Lagrein