A Spectacular Super Tuscan: 2007 Tenute Loacker – Levante – IGT Toscana

2007 Tenute Loacker – Levante – IGT Toscana

Those of you that read this blog on at least a regular basis know that the Tuscan wines from Tenute Loacker are among my favorite. The other day I decided to uncork a 2007 Levante and straight away I want to say that the wine was spectacular. But what’s a “Levante” anyways?

Levante is a so-called Super Tuscan. You know, those Tuscan wines that got super popular in the 80s. Before the invention of Super Tuscans, most red wine from Tuscany was produced with autochthonous grapes – mostly Sangiovese and Canaiolo. International grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot were not permitted in any of the Tuscan appellations. Some wineries broke with these traditions and started growing international varietals and the wine vinified from these grapes became known as Super Tuscan. If you want to know more about the Super Tuscans then I recommend you to read this article: The History Of Super Tuscans.

2007 Tenute Loacker - Levante - IGT ToscanaTenute Loacker’s Levante is produced in Montalcino.The medieval town is better known for its Brunello di Montalcino (100% Sangiovese). Levante on the other hand is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. As you can see no Sangiovese here. There the wine can be called Super Tuscan. The term Super Tuscan is not legally defined though. Quite unusual because pretty much any term used in the (Italian) wine world has a legal definition. Levante aged at least 18 month in small French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

Prior to drinking the wine was decanted for roughly two hours.

In the glass, Levante had a deep, powerful ruby red color. The label listed alcohol by volume was 14.5%.

On the nose, the wine was well-balanced between fruit and oak aromas. Leather, blackcurrant, cinnamon, raspberry and a little bit of smoke.

In the mouth, very dry with silky tannins. Full-bodied and of good balance. Notes of dark chocolate and black fruit. Very smooth. Excellent harmony between palate and nose. Light acidity. Fantastic, never-ending finish.

4.5 / 5 stars      

Parting Words

In Munich a bottle of Levante retails for around 20€-25€ – that’s a pretty good QPR! Especially compared to some of the other overpriced Super Tuscans out there. Levante pairs extremely well with Bistecca alla Fiorentina (beefsteak Florentine style). If you decide to buy a younger vintage of Levante then I strongly recommend that you store the wine in your cellar for a few years. From my experience younger Levante tend to have quite aggressive tannins. The wine is closed with a glass vino-lok.

What is your favorite Super Tuscan?


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22 comments on “A Spectacular Super Tuscan: 2007 Tenute Loacker – Levante – IGT Toscana”

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    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Anatoli,
      I hope WTSO will have it on sale so you can give it a try πŸ™‚ Otherwise it might be hard to find it in the US. Not sure if Loacker has US importers.

  2. winetalks winetalks Reply

    I just returned from my trip to Europe and I want to thank you for all the winery recommendations you gave me. I hope I did not bother you too much with my questions.

    I actually tried the Levante at Loacker’s Corte Pavone estate during my vacation. They are so friendly people πŸ™‚ A really good wine!

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Foodwine88,
      If you decide to try the 2003 Levante then please let me know how you like it. Levante has a long aging potential so it’s probably still good.

  3. Marco van Puff Reply

    I love your detailed descriptions. Often I can almost taste the wines just by reading them. Keep them coming πŸ™‚
    The wine is out of my price range but maybe it’ll be on sale someday.

  4. hannah-theis hannah-theis Reply

    On the one hand I usually don’t like wines with tobacco and/or leather aromas but on the other I never regretted buying a wine you recommended and 4.5 stars is pretty high!

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Yummychunklet
      Thank you for stopping by. If you don’t like very dry wines then the Levante is not for you. Fortunately, there are many other great wines out there which are less dry πŸ™‚

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Jeff,
      As far as I know, Loacker was among the first European wineries to close their wines with glass vino-loks. The vino-loks are quite expensive but have many advantages. Loacker closes all of their white wines and some of their red wines with glass vino-loks.

  5. theducksong Reply

    some super tuscans can be pretty good wines but the majority that i tried were pretty bad.

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