Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wine of the Week: Cesconi "Pletter" Lagrein

This week's featured wine may be hard to pronounce, but it's easy to love! Lagrein, a descendant of Teroldego, Syrah and Pinot Noir, is a red grape varietal grown primarily in Alto Adige; the nothern most mountainous region of Italy bordering Austria and Switzerland. Lagrein produces fresh, aromatic, and inticing wines that include plummy, earthy and chewy notes. This dark and full-bodied wine also surprises drinkers with a pronounced minerality. The Cesconi Pletter in particular shows notes of blackberries, blueberries, and purple flowers, and light black pepper spice. An excellent match for hard cheese, salumi, or red meats. Next time a Lagrein is spotted on a wine list, go ahead and order a glass! 

Perched high above Trento on banks of the Adige River is the hill of Pressano. In these rugged Alpine surroundings, the Cesconi family tends their vineyards planted to both red and white grapes. The current proprietors can trace their family roots back to the 17th century, and building on more than two centuries of cultivating and producing wine in Trentino, the four Cesconi brothers - Lorenzo, Roberto, Alexander and Franco - as well as their father Paul, continue the family tradition. The family has a deep appreciation and respect for the achievements of their ancestors, however, they seek to build on this history by perfecting the traditional practices of the Domaine. To that end, the brothers work entirely organically in the vineyards and continue to move towards biodynamic methods. It’s hard not to admire the humble ambitions of these soft spoken farmers to make what Lorenzo refers to as “tasty wine” - if only more wines were produced with such a concise vision.


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