2019 Leopoldina Vineyard Lagrein
Smuggled into Napa Valley by notorious grape smugglers in the 1970s, Lagrein is known as the great power grape of the Alto Adige region of northern Italy. We're lucky to have two vineyard blocks planted in the heart of our Leopoldina Vineyard. In our winemaking, Lagrein has become a mainstay component of our Bonne Vivante bottling each vintage, adding opulence and signature red fruit "razzle-dazzle."
Over the years of farming this unique grape, we have waited patiently for the right moment to bottle this magic-sauce varietal entirely on its own. As one of our most fascinating—albeit uncommon—varietals that we farm, that moment would have to be perfect. We knew our opportunity had arrived when four barrels of our 2019 vintage Lagrein progressed and presented themselves like unicorns in the cellar.
Otherworldly aromatics entrance the nose, revealing a wine that simultaneously dazzles with ebullient fruits and audacious dark opulence. On the palate, huckleberry fusion and dollops of blackberry transcend with effortless purity, making for the richest and most delicious mouthfeel. This is a wine that wanted to be made, to capture its magic-like bioluminescence in bottle, compelling each sip.
We are convinced this is the future of great Napa Valley grape growing and winemaking, and we are thrilled to share the inaugural release of our single-vineyard, single-varietal 2019 Leopoldina Vineyard Lagrein with you, with our Turnbull faithful.
praise for 2019 leopoldina vineyard lagrein
“No, this is not a typo. Turnbull's 2019 Lagrein Leopoldina Vineyard is an inky, explosive wine that captures a surprising amount of varietal character. It tastes like an Alto Adige Lagrein on steroids, and I mean that in a positive sense. This rich, head-spinning Lagrein sure has a ton to offer. Red/purplish fruit, rose petal, spice and mint linger.”
“There are only four barrels of the 2019 Lagrein Leopoldina Vineyard, which hails from Oakville and is another brilliant wine, as well as a great value, from this team. Lots of blue fruits, liquid violet, graphite, and hints of tobacco emerge from this young, unevolved, juicy, full-bodied effort that has the vintage’s richness as well as notable freshness and purity. It’s well worth seeking out!”
“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Lagrein Leopoldina Vineyard sings of fresh black and red plums, juicy blackberries and mulberries with hints of dried herbs, damp soil and black truffles. Medium-bodied and refreshing, with ripe, fine-grained tannins and lots of crunchy black fruits, it finishes on a lingering peppery note.”