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The Il Drago e le 8 Colombe wine tells its story through a QR Code on the label, containing curiosities in Italian and in English

Il Drago e le 8 Colombe IGT Fattoria del Colle Toscana

Il Drago e le 8 Colombe IGT Fattoria del Colle Toscana

For someone who thinks she knows about wine communication this really is the limit:  Donatella Cinelli Colombini is one of the last to do wine storytelling on the label …. But those who drink her Drago e le 8 Colombe will be able to learn about the strange name chosen for the wine, and the strange blend, by simply scanning the QR code with their mobile phone. A way to discover the Tuscan traits not only in the glass but also through descriptions.

Il Drago e le 8 Colombe comes from Fattoria del Colle in the middle of the oldest and best preserved area of Tuscany and it brings with it aroma of ripe red fruits and the powerful and harmonious taste typical of a hilly territory where the aril is clean and the ripening of the grapes is slow. Typical food in this region grilled beef steak and pecorino cheese, both wonderfully matched with the Il Drago e le 8 Colombe IGT Toscana.

Il Drago e le 8 Colombe IGT Violante Gardini Cinellicolombini Jr

Il Drago e le 8 Colombe IGT Violante Gardini Cinellicolombini Jr

The vineyards are cultivated following the organic regime and by hand as has been done for centuries. In the cellar there are only women. But there is also a dragon this is Carlo Gardini, husband to Donatella Cinelli Colombini the owner, he is one of the initiators of the new experimentations. A game of symbols that say that the Fattoria del Colle winery is feminine not feminist because the great wines have no gender and they are produced and consumed by those who love nature, culture and good things.

Il Drago e le 8 Colombe was produced for the first time in 2005. At that time there were 7 doves, then Valerie Lavigne was added, she is the winery consultant and is also professor in oenology at the University of Bordeaux. She changed the blend, removing the Alicante and substituting it with Sagrantino. This variety is typically from Umbria, a region right next to Tuscany and that begins about 20 km from Fattoria del Colle. All of the grapes used for Il Drago e le 8 Colombe are cultivated on the estate: Sangiovese gives elegance, Merlot softens, and Sagrantino gives structure. The result is a wine that can age a long time and can give great sensations and pleasure to those who drink it

It ages 18 months in oak tonneaux made by 4 French artisan coopers. The choice of using different types of casks comes from the search for the best container for each variety. The blending that merges Sangiovese, Merlot and Sagrantino

Drago e le 8 colombe 2010 Fattoria del Colle Toscana

Drago e le 8 colombe 2010 Fattoria del Colle Toscana

forming a “Super Tuscan” wine, is done at the end of the barrel aging. After a period of adjustment the Il Drago e le 8 Colombe is bottled and then refines for another 6 months before being put on sale.

This is a masterpiece, only 6.000 bottles made per year. A small exclusive production destined for wine lovers.

During the years it has received many prizes, here we will mention just two of them: 90/100 Wine Spectator, 91/100 Robert Parker-Wine Advocate

 

A few tasting notes:

Colour: intense and brilliant ruby red.

Aroma:  fine, net, complex, full of hints of ripe red fruits and spices that come from the barrel ageing.

Taste: of great structure, full, harmonious, very persistent.

Serving suggestions:

18° in clear crystal balloon shaped wine goblets.

Serve with: noble meats (like a Fiorentina steak) and aged cheeses. Well matched also with from Chinese and Indian cuisine  spicy and tasty dishes .

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