Producer: Elena Walch
Price: $16
Occasion: When looking for a Syrah alternative.

This native Northern Italian grape is a distant cousin of Syrah, but it has distinct plummy, earthy flavors that make it uniquely Lagrein. The natural high acidity and tannin of the grape can sometimes yield wines that are clumsy and heavy-handed, that is not the case with Elena Walch's expression. This wine manages to showcase the full-bodied nature and dark fruit flavors inherent to Lagrein while maintaining a degree of elegance and purity.