Dominik Mueller

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2022 Muri-Gries Lagrein

Tasting note

2022 Muri-Gries Lagrein

From the winery with monastery cellars Muri-Gries in South Tyrol (Alto Adige) I have this Lagrein in my glass today, which we ordered at Da Luca. The winery cultivates over 35 hectares of its own vineyards. Among them is Lagrein, an autochthonous variety that has its roots in Bolzano.

That is also where this 2022 Muri-Gries Lagrein grew, still young of course and still very slightly pearly directly after opening. But after a little aeration, it develops into a beautiful food companion. Dense purple colour. A bouquet of wild cherry with a light menthol freshness. In the mouth, the Lagrein is velvety with restrained acidity and soft tannins. The taste continues what was already indicated by the smell: Lots of cherry, freshness and slightly sweet on the finish. The ageing in large wooden barrels of 3,000 to 5,000 litres contributes a subtle woody spiciness. A nice red wine, suitable for game dishes (like the venison goulash with pasta I enjoyed with it) or beef.

Drink from 2023 through 2027.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Friday, 15 September 2023.


88Wines with a DM87 to DM89 rating are very good wines, more or less above average even in the world of fine wine. That means these wines have been produced really well. They have no flaw whatsoever. Moreover, they have a good balance, elegant tannin structure and a well-integrated acidity. These are wines that I will happily drink up and buy for my own cellar. Then what keeps them from getting a rating in the 90s? While above average and good in practically every way, wines in the DM87 to DM89 range may still not be exceptional in a way that they make you pause and think 'What a wonderful wine this is!' In WSET terms, wines with a DM88 rating tend to be at the upper end of a 2.0 WSET score.
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2.0Wines with a 2.0 WSET rating are 'good' wines according to the WSET scoring system, where we consider balance (B), intensity (I), length (L) and complexity (C). In terms of my personal rating system, wines with a solid WSET score of 2.0 usually get around 87 to 88 DM points.
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3Wines with a rating of 3 stars are very well-made. They exceed expectations and are well above average within their peer group.

Jasper Morris of inspired me to use his 'Five Star Scale' in my tasting notes, too. The limitation of the standard 100-point scale is that in certain appellation hierarchies, such as Burgundy village versus premier cru, the lower-end wines will typically score less than the wines higher up the hierarchy. The five star scale therefore wants to compare a wine to its peers from the same category. It allows for very well-made wines to stand out.
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Wine details

Vintage: 2022
Style:still (dry)
Grape variety:Lagrein
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Region:Trentino-Alto Adige
Appellation:Alto Adige/Südtirol DOC
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