I haven't had a Lagrein since the 1980s, I think. This one is beautifully balanced, a little tight at first, but then opening up in to a food-friendly good value. And this is yet another wine that was much better on the second night, so be sure to let this one breathe if you open it anytime soon.
Saturated, very crystalline blackish ruby violet. The nose almost reminds me of a young, unoaked Medoc, with loads of tightly-wound cassis and blackberry fruit and gravelly minerals. A little tight fist of youthful fruit punches the mouth on entry, but it's wrapped on a smooth-textured, medium-bodied package. It is not weighty, but has good concentration of fruit and a linear timeline in the mouth. Bone dry. Just a wee bit of soft tannin, and really nice, slightly mouth-watering acids make it feel fresh. The finish is very pure-tasting. Very nice. B+/A-. Was about $18 from Total Wine in Fairfax. This would be amazing with a basic Yankee Pot Roast. Drink over the next 3 years.