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.
Tenute 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.
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.
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?