Franz Haas Alto Adige Schweizer Lagrein 2011
The Franz Haas winery and vineyards was founded in 1880. Since then, always making wines from our own grapes and always in the family 's hand, even the name had to be the same,rolling over from fathers to son. The actual Franz Haas is in the seventh generation. All vineyards are located in Montagna in Egna and on the hillside of Cislon. The altitude rangers from 240 to 800 meters above sea level (787/2625 Feet). The soll 's components vary from porphyryc sand, clay to soll that has a high content of limestone. The microclimates between vineyards also vary. From 1982 to 1986 we made substantial changes in our vineyards. With new planting,we increased the density from 6,000 to 12,500 vines per hectare by selecting low yeld vines. To reach the best quality, we planted new varieties (non-traditional in our area). The results after the first harvest were very encouraging.
Trentino, the southern half, is primarily Italian-speaking and largely responsible for the production of non-native, international grapes. There is a significant quantity of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Merlot produced. But Trentino's native and most unique red variety, Teroldego, while still rare, is gaining popularity. It produces a deeply colored red wine rich in wild blackberry, herb, coffee and cocoa.
The rugged terrain of German-speaking Alto Adige (also referred to as Südtirol) focuses on small-scale viticulture, with great value placed on local varieties—though international varieties have been widely planted since the 1800s. Sheltered by the Alps from harsh northerly winds, many of the best vineyards are at extreme altitude but on steep slopes to increase sunlight exposure.
The primary white grapes are Pinot grigio, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay and Pinot blanc, as well as smaller plantings of Sauvignon blanc, Müller Thurgau. These tend to be bright and refreshing with crisp acidity and just the right amount of texture. Some of the highest quality Pinot grigio in Italy is made here.
Incredibly concentrated in ripe blackberry and uncommonly sturdy in character, Lagrein balances its intensity with a gorgeous perfume reminiscent of fresh herbs, cut grass, juniper and violets. On the palate, bright red cherries and a savory splash lighten up its often hefty, but usually smooth, tannins. Deeply rooted in the Alto Adige area, Lagrein has recently experienced a great renaissance. While the climate is cool there, the sun is intense. The best Lagrein usually comes from the warm slopes near the bustling city of Bolzano. Lagrein Kretzer (German) or Rosato (Italian) is the spicy rosé version, which is delicious with smoked fish and white meat. Try Lagrein, the red wine, with gamey meats, beef and aged cheeses.