Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Kellerei-Cantina Andrian 2007 Rubeno - Review

Alto Adige, Italy

Our Selection for Wine of the Week June 11, 2012

A bottle of Kellerei-Cantina Andrian 2007 Rubeno, our wine of the week

Kellerei-Cantina Andrian
2007 Rubeno

Alto Adige, Italy

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.

Rating: 14/20

Other Lagreins we have tasted
Check out our Italy Travel Guide

For more information, visit

See also:
Kellerei-Cantina Andrian 2008 Movado

More Wine of the Week Reviews and New Releases

(Updated: 06/11/12 BH)

Sip on GAYOT's picks of the best small-production craft beers.

Sip straight or mix up a margarita with GAYOT's picks of the best tequilas under $100.