Andrian Lagrein Rubeno 2019

£18.99 GBP

Garnet red with violet hues, the Rubeno displays delicious berry aromas on the nose with nuances of violets and dried and fresh flowers. The palate enjoys a silky, medium body with gentle tannins and persistant finish.

Fermented in stainless steel and matured for 6 months in large format oak barrels. Unusual for red wine, it does not undergo malolactic fermentation.

Aromas are vibrant and fresh with violet, crunchy forest fruits, cherry, liquorice root, and menthol. On the palate, the wine exhibits a fresh acidity, lending balance to the wine's tannins and body, and preserving the vibrant fruit profile on the finish. The flavours are dominated by dark cherry, ripe, slightly jammy forest fruits. Tannins are slightly grippy, but supple, and they're helped along by the acid backbone. 

This is a good summery red that can be chilled down and drunk out in the sun with a good barbeque meal. It also offers a great introduction to this interesting, lesser-known Italian grape variety.