Wine Reviews May

25 May


GIRLAN 448 Rosso 2014

Alto Adige, Italy

RRP $28

After watching the escapades of my parents who are currently holidaying in northern Italy, I can safely say from their pictures that the Dolomites are truly a sight to behold. Soaring ice capped mountains surrounded by lush green landscape – what could be more idyllic in Spring? Travelling through a country offers the best chance to explore the local food and wine. That is what I enjoyed most about the times that I spent in Italy. Every region is so proud of their produce that you get a clear idea of the style of wine the area becomes known for.

Such is the case with this medium-bodied red wine from Girlan in far northern Italy. This Vigneti delle Dolomiti (vines of the Dolomites) is a blend of 60% Lagrein, 20% Vernatsch and 20% Pinot Nero (Noir). What else could that clear mountain air produce but a wine offering the flavours of fresh mountain herbs, bright red fruits, minerals and a touch of earthiness. The structure is more Pinot Noir-like but with a little more roundness in fruit thanks to the Lagrein. This is a classic style that the northerners would happily drink for lunch or dinner as it tends to complement the meal rather than dominate it. Try it with mushroom-based risottos or light meat sauced pasta dishes. In the meantime, I’ll keep dreaming of the next time I can join my folks on an adventure up north.

Stockists: Poured at Merchant and available for purchase at the City Wine Shop

5 Responses to “Wine Reviews May”

  1. Lisa Menegazzo May 25, 2016 at 10:31 PM #

    Nice to see you’ve inspired Krystina in her Gram article this week ma and pa xxx


  2. Breiflabben May 25, 2016 at 10:51 PM #

    Hi La Donna,
    once in a while I get time to read some of your wine reviews. Unfortunately most of the wine you write about is wine I can’t get my hands on. But reading that your parents are in Northern Italy at the moment, probably close to some of the best wine in the world, I have to tell you that I’m running out of shelves for the Barolos in my cooler.
    I have visited Piemonte twice the last year and I just love the place and the wine of course. The local white wine in the area, Roero Arneis, is also one of my favourite grapes. So in Piemonte I will find wine to whatever I choose for Food.
    Now I will have to find some “Rosso” with Lagrein and Vernatsch grapes because of you 🙂
    Enjoy your winter while I enjoy my long light summer evenings.

    • La Donna del Vino May 26, 2016 at 6:38 AM #

      Hello! Running out of room for the Barolo is unfortunate, so perhaps that’s why this Alto Adige style would be better because you don’t need to cellar it for long. It’s a drink now 2-5 years sort of style – better fresh. If you don’t mind Dolcetto you probably won’t mind Lagrein (less acid than Dolcetto). The other goodie from the north is Teroldego…but that’s another story 🙂


  3. cee emm June 1, 2016 at 5:14 PM #

    Love the way you entwine wine, life and a story.

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