Il Drago e le 8 Colombe
New vintage, new grape blend, new name and new packaging for the Drago produced by Donatella Cinelli Colombini. It used to be called “Il Drago e le Sette Colombe” and has become “Il Drago e le 8 Colombe” with the arrival of the new consultant wine maker Valérie Lavigne.
The doves represent the women and consequently refers to the female cellar staff, o a revolutionary work situation for Italy. 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, and fullness. The wine results softer, more refined, 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 and a great wine. The increase of temperatures at the end of the 20th century has changed the method of grape cultivation, where the leaves of the vine are used also for shading the grape clusters and to regulate their sugar content, but it has also changed the character of the wines produced that are more “Mediterranean”, smooth and warm. In 2006 the actual grapes were very small and rich in polyphenols, the noble substances in the skins which passed into the “Drago e le 7 Colombe” giving it an intensity never reached before.
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.