Lot 634 | 2016 St. Helena
Perhaps the rarest varietal in Napa Valley. Only 175 cases available!
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As dark as any Petite Sirah in the glass, this black hole of a wine looks intimidating, but is really classy in so many ways. The aromatics are still emerging and definitely improving - we've had this wine in bottle for six months now, and it’s just waking up. Blackcurrant, mocha and blackberry are nuanced by pretty white florals and well delineated on the palate, but clearly there is more to come here. The wine enters the palate harmonious and lithe, and just as it begins to share itself, a lovely wave of wooly tannins quiets down the party but leads to a long processional of fruit and tannin. Definitely a cellar candidate - the wine’s youth and structure indicate the best is yet to come.
- St. Helena
- Alcohol by Volume
- Cases Produced
- Now through 2025
- Release Email
Sourced from a small boutique family winery in St. Helena, crafted by a team with extensive European winemaking experience in addition to Napa Valley pedigree. The wine displays a New World richness compared to its Trentino cousin, but remains all class and will impress you with its deeply resinous, dark and inky personality.
Ditto on not being familiar with the grape. Agree on the deep color and pleasant taste - earthy yet smooth and drinkable -- we didn't wait upon opening. I'd buy it again; interesting and good value. I'd gladly serve it to friends and happy I bought several bottles.
I was not familiar with this varietal and was excited to try
Deep color from the bottle and required 2 hrs before it started to open up. Great nose with chocolate and black cherry.
Body was surprisingly light and smooth with a nice dry finish. Goes wonderfully with food.
Needs more time...?
Like other reviewers I had never heard of this grape but, it sounded good so I ordered a case when it was first released. I always give my wine time to settle down after being shipped cross country so I didn't open my first bottle until two nights ago. First pour I found it somewhat bitter so I waited for about half an hour. The bitterness was gone but not a whole lot of flavor. I then put it away until the next night. By then it had smoothed out considerobly but still a little weak on flavor. I'll give it more time, like two or three months before I open another bottle.
Wine Varietal Lagrein was a Very Pleasant Surprise
I had never heard of the varietal named Lagrein but the first taste was a very pleasant surprise to the taste buds. Excellent, intense red wine with nicely balance tannins.
What a great wine! I have never heard of this varietal but I will be on the lookout for it now. If you are looking for something different and love dark, deep wines this is it.
I agree with the only other reviewer. Dark and brooding. If you like this tyoe of wine, go for it! I do and will order more.
Wasn't familiar with this varietal, but Cam's marketing machine enticed me into buying a couple "tester" bottles. I almost peed my pants when I saw how dark and inky this was...good nose and matched well with heavier foods that evening. Cam's description is spot-on! Nice find! 2nd purchase already delivered. Need to make room for more.
A great treat. Nice change of pace. Excellent flavors and holds up well with foods.
Never even heard of Lagrein but I bought it since I've never tried one of the really small Lots from Cam that wasn't great. This is about as dark and brooding a wine I've ever had from anywhere in California, and I'm coming back for a case.