Kellerei-Cantina Andrian was founded in 1893 as the first cooperative in Alto Adige. Its
vineyards are uniquely situated, protected by Mount Gantkofel. The winemaking team
believes that it makes an ideal growing situation for several varietals including Sauvignon
Blanc, Chardonnay, Lagrein and Merlot. The Rubeno is made from the Lagrein grape,
a traditional varietal of the southern Tyrol region known for its deep color, tannins
and acidity. The wine offers plum and dark berry aromas with an underlying layer of
smokiness. On the palate, the wine is surprisingly smooth and plush, with velvety tannins.
Although it isn't particularly complex, the wine is sophisticated with restrained cherry
and plum notes up front evolving to spice, mushroom and bramble toward the back of the
palate. Its finish is reasonably long and appealingly elegant. Its subtle fruit, good acidity
and smooth texture make it a particularly food-friendly red. Try it with roast loin of pork
or duck breast with a plum sauce. The wine would also work well with a mushroom
risotto or wild mushroom pizza.