Rarely is a cheese comparable to Parmigiano-Reggiano. Sovrano, created by the dairy creamery, Latteria Mauer, in the Lombardy region of Italy, has been in production a little over a decade. Sovrano meaning sovereign in Italian, is made from a blend of both Buffalo and cow’s milk. The company was started in 2000 by Fabio Pozzal, whose family has been producing Grana Padano and other Parmigiano style aged cheeses for over 60 years.
Sovrano has a distinctive white rind imprinted with little crowns. I found it to be similar in color and texture to a medium-aged Parmigiano. In a side by side tasting with King of Grana two year aged Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, Sovrano was firm yet creamier with some crystallization. It was not as nutty or tangy but fruitier in flavor, with a mellow, smooth finish… As a bonus the taste is deliciously kid friendly yet still complex.
Sovrano is wonderful on an antipasto plate, grated over pasta, drizzled with a balsamic glaze or just straight up. I made bruschetta and shaved pieces on top. Enjoyed it with a glass of 2008 Petra Zingari Toscana Rosso(rated 90 points from The Wine Advocate)…Life is good!
Parmigiano-Reggiano is not a cheese that will be dethroned in the near future; however, Sovrano definitely has a grand title in my cheese court. This Prince of cheeses is in select Bottle king stores now.