2014 Lagrein - Home Farm Vineyard, The Hamptons AVA

Long Island Lagrein...delicious, singular, expressive and downright super-cool! This is our fifth vintage bottled of our Lagrein as a red wine and we are thrilled with the results of our planting and we want more. There was no Lagrein bottled in 2011 and we are still holding on to the 2013 in the cellar till we believe it is ready for release. Lagrein is a bit of an off the beaten-track variety for the East End as were the first winery growing and making wine from this great black grape variety that hails originally from the Alto Adige in Northeast Italy (there is now another block on the North Fork, yay!). Our 2014 version has a deep purple almost opaque color with clean, youthful, sexy aromas and flavors of blue and black fruit, like blueberries and black raspberries; along with black pepper and brown spices, purple flowers (iris and violets), cocoa, dark chocolate, stone, mineral and an alluring exotic resin note. This is seriously distinctive stuff. It is a satisfyingly rich, deep red wine with an uplifting elegance and lightness of being likely due to the juicy acidity and the wines medium body and moderate alcohol. As always this vintage of Lagrein saw the grapes hand-harvested, de-stemmed, crushed by foot, punched down by hand and fermented ambiently...old-school! This wine then spent 17 months in older French and Slovenian oak puncheons, hogsheads and barrels. It stayed in barrel without movement until we racked and bottled the wine on April 7th, 2016. Only 116 cases of this divine Lagrein were bottled so don't sit around if you want to take possession of your allocation! This is tasty now but is young and tightly wound and will develop well in the bottle for at least 5-6 years and will drink beautifully for at least a decade more. Pair this dynamic red wine with rich, savory fish dishes like monkfish wrapped with pancetta or swordfish with an olive tapenade or tuna atop seared foie gras as well as stews and braises, grain and rice dishes like farro, spelt, risotto, lentils and our local wheat berries, especially with mushrooms and meats (pork!!). This would also be fantastic with cured items like speck and lardo either on a charcuterie board or even atop some crispy flatbread or pizza. 6 bottle max per customer.