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Donatella Cinelli Colombini Il Drago e le 8 Colombetext

Donatella Cinelli Colombini Il Drago e le 8 Colombe 2016

Montalcino, Siena, Tuscany, ItalyFrom Trequanda’s Fattoria del Colle, at 400m on hills of predominantly limestone and sandstone comes this Supertuscan blend of Sangiovese (60%), and equal parts Merlot, and Sagrantino. This was vinified in stainless before 18 months in large barrels and in 5-7 hl French oak tonneaux. The last vintage I tasted was 2018, so this is a back-release now on our market, affording the opportunity to try these muscular wines with some age. Leather rules this fuller, wine, worn now with some time, and housing dried leaves, dried cherry, black plum, iodine on a bricked palate. Tannins are soft and slightly sticky, taking this through the saline finish. Certainly a different version of Il Drago, though drinking now, ideally with roast beef. The 8 doves on the label represent this groundbreaking female-led winery, while the dragon represents Donatella's ever-present husband and confidant, Carlo.Tasted: 17 March 2022Tasted by: Treve RingPrices:
Producer: Donatella Cinelli ColombiniDistributors: Stile Brands
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Blend: Sangiovese Grosso - Merlot - SagrantinoCSPC: 256517UPC: 8026965602747