|Long Island Lagrein…delicious, singular, expressive and downright super-cool! This is our second vintage bottled of our Lagrein as a red wine and we are thrilled with the results of our planting and we want more. This is a bit off the beaten-track for the East End as we are the only ones growing and making wine from this great black grape variety that hails originally from the Alto Adige in Northeast Italy. Our 2010 version has a deep purple almost opaque color with clean, youthful, sexy aromas and flavors of blue and black fruit (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 reminiscent of pine or garigue. 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 wine’s medium body and moderate 12.5% alcohol. As always, this vintage of Lagrein saw the grapes hand-harvested, de-stemmed, crushed by foot and punched down by hand…old-school! The wine then spent 6 months in 20% new French oak and then another 8 months in old/neutral oak where it stayed without movement until we racked and bottled the wine without fining or filtration on January 13th, 2012. Only 108 cases (an improvement over the 29 cases in 2009) 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 linear and will develop well in the bottle for at least 4-5 years and will drink beautifully for at least 8 years. Pair this dynamic red wine with rich & savory stews and braises, grain and rice dishes like farro, spelt, risotto and lentils, 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.