LORNANO “COMMENDATOR ENRICO” IGT 2011
Intense ruby red color with nearly impenetrable concentration, there is a bouquet of berry spice dominated by blackberry. The palate is bold and defiant with notes of tobacco, smoke and dusty roses, with stylish, velvety tannins, accompanied by a long finish with smoky overtones.
- Region: Toscana
- Sub-Region: Toscana IGT
- Varietals: Merlot (50%), Sangiovese (25%), Cabernet Sauvignon (25%)
- Soil: Stratified sand and shale; alluvial stones with limestone deposits
- Altitude: 300 meters
- Alcohol: 14.0%
Production Notes: De-stemmed grapes are vinified in modern stainless steel tanks, with maceration on the skins for approximately 25-30 days at a temperature of about 26 °C. After fermentation, the wine carries on malolactic fermentation, is transferred to French oak barrels where it remains to age for about 20 months, and sees an additional 6 months of aging in bottle before release.
Tasting Notes: Intense ruby red color with nearly impenetrable concentration, there is a bouquet of berry spice dominated by blackberry. The palate is bold and defiant with notes of tobacco, smoke and dusty roses, with stylish, velvety tannins, accompanied by a long finish with smoky overtones.
Pairings: Savory antipasti are ideal with the Commendator Enrico, as are aged cheeses. Grilled steak and veal parmesan, Osso Buco or a rich herbed rack of lamb will highlight the lush notes of the Merlot.
About Super Tuscan Wines: A super Tuscan can be defined as a Tuscan blend made with Cabernet Sauvignon or other international varieties, or a wine that falls outside the guidelines of the Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) quality regime. A super Tuscan can also be a 100% Sangiovese with no additional international varieties, if it falls outside the delimited DOC or DOCG zones; although it can be a DOC wine, and the price point may range from $12 to $275. They are fuller-bodied wines, with a global palate appeal, and are named with fanciful names created by the winery. The first super Tuscans came onto the scene in the early 1970’s.
About Lornano: One of the original 30 wineries that came together to form the “Consorzio del Marchio Storico Chianti Classico Gallo Nero” in 1924, Lornano’s classic and elegant expressions of the Sangiovese grape have been regarded as some of the finest examples since they started production in 1904. Their 180 estate vineyards and property are located on the border of Chianti and Chianti Classico, which is one of the oldest organized wine regions in the world that recently celebrated their 300th year in 2016. Lornano wines have been awarded several honors including Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri and high scores in Decanter Magazine and Wine Enthusiast.