Some friends and I got a chance to get a sneak preview of two soon-to-be-released wines from Tre Anelli:   2007 Lagrein and 2007 Centellinare (a Super Tuscan inspired blend).  Wow!  Winemaker Brett Escalera does not disappoint – both of these wines are incredible and very food friendly.  Here are the draft versions of the tasting notes:

2007 Lagrein

Lagrein, (aka Lagarino) hails from the Alto Adige region of northern Italy.  Whereas in Italy Lagreins are often made into intense, dark, tannic reds, Tre Anelli’s garnet colored, smooth drinking wine is a decidedly New World take on this largely unsung grape.  Hints of baking spices and florals on the nose lead to flavors of red berry fruit and a smooth mouthfeel on the palate.  With good balance and acidity, this wine tastes best when paired with food – like fish, poultry, cheese (Gruyere, blue, Gouda), and especially grilled meat.   How about a bottle of Lagrein and a pancetta wrapped, mustard rubbed pork tenderloin?   Lagrein is the perfect wine for any day that ends in “y”.

2007 Centellinare

Philosopher and wine drinker Aristotle is famously quoted as saying “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”.  Case in point is Centellinare, Tre Anelli’s Super Tuscan style blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel.   Each varietal on its own is good, but put them all together and you get a complex wine with a nose of dark berry fruit with subtle earthy notes and flavors of black raspberry, cassis, fig and spice.  Its long flavorful finish invites you back to take another sip.  Best of all, the softer tannin structure and well-balanced acidity levels make this a supremely good “food wine”.  Experience the romance and history of Italy without ever needing a passport!

These wines will have their “official debut” in about a month at Tre Anelli’s tasting room (in Los Olivos, CA) on Saturday May 15, 2009 at the wine club pick up party -wine, food, friends, FUN!  Come on in and taste them for yourself!

Tre Anelli 2007 Centellinare

Tre Anelli 2007 Centellinare