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Il Drago e le 8 colombe

Today is the beginning of the Chinese New Year and this is the year of the dragon. A magic year for this wine which changes completely.

New vintage, new blend of grapes, new name and new packaging for the Drago wine by Donatella Cinelli Colombini.

“Il Drago e le 8 colombe” in the flesh

“Il Drago e le 8 colombe” in the flesh

The doves represent the women and consequently refer to the female cellar staff, a revolutionary work situation for Italy. With the arrival of the female consultant wine maker Valérie Lavigne the doves increase in number and the name of the wine changes: it used to be called “Il Drago e le Sette Colombe” and has become “Il Drago e le 8 Colombe”

Quite on the contrary the Drago emphasizes a male presence – nobody here wants to be discriminating – in the person of Carlo Gardini, Donatella’s husband who is a great wine lover
The arrival of Valérie Lavigne, sets of a serious thought about Italian grape varieties and the possibility of blending them to make high quality wines that are able to sell on foreign markets.
From here the desire to emphasize the Sagrantino grape, a variety greatly used in Umbria, which is just 20km away from Fattoria del Colle and belongs to the same geographical area. For the moment we are cultivating Sagrantino grapes in just a few rows, but soon it will be possible to harvest a whole new Vineyard.

The decision to use Sagrantino for the “Il Drago e le 8 Colombe” is a small step towards wines with a stronger identity, and it will continue in the future.

The change of grape varieties is interpreted as a search for elegance, harmony,

2 Drago

2 Drago

and fullness. The wine results softer, more refined, and more modern. A change in quality, with a specific interest in foreign countries, and
that begins with an extraordinary harvest, the 2007 vintage, which is considered a five star vintage.

The many changes are underlined by a restyling of the label carried our by Alessandro Grazi, a Sienese painter who had also designed the first version.


Drago - new label

Drago - new label

Type: dry red.
Production area: Tuscany, Trequanda, Fattoria del Colle,
Classification: IGT Toscana Rosso.
Vintage characteristics: very rainy winter which enabled the vines to resist exceptionally hot temperatures during July without suffering hydro-stress. The rainfalls in August and September and the unusually cool temperatures favoured a regular ripening of the grapes which reached harvest time in perfect conditions with high concentrations of polyphenols and excellent possibility of extraction.
Grape type: Sangiovese (the same clone used for the Brunello) 60%, Merlot 20%, Sagrantino 20%.
Grape harvest: from September 6thth to October 12th . The grapes were hand picked. The best grapes arrived from the Poggione vineyard which is half Sangiovese and half Merlot.
Vinification: in temperature controlled stainless steel vats. The fermentation began rapidly and the cellar master Barbara Magnani had to cool the grapes with dry ice as soon as they reached the cellar.
Ageing: 18 months in French oak tonneaux.
Colour: dark ruby red.
Aroma: fine, full, complex with net perfumes of small red fruits.
Taste: full, harmonious, intense, persistent, well balanced tannins. The alcohol content balances a solid acid and polyphenolic structure with a very pleasant and powerful effect.
Analysis: alcohol 14,5% vol; 5,1 g/l; 0,53 g/l; tot. extract 29 g/l; Tot. So2 136 mg/l..
Matching dishes: important meat dishes and aged cheeses.
Way of serving: This is a wine for great occasions. Serve at room temperature (18-20°C) in clear crystal balloon shaped wine goblets.
Home ageing: apt for 25 years ageing and more. Keep the bottles lying down in a dark and cool place. Have the corks changed in Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s winery around the year 2020.


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