Donatella Cinelli Colombini Il Drago e le Sette Colombe 2004

Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy

Item No. 96580
  • red wine
  • WS92
  • WE91

Winemaker's Notes

Donatella Cinelli Colombini's all-female wineries dedicate this wine to one man: the enologist Carlo Ferrini. He is the dragon that is portrayed on the label, while the doves who surround him are the seven women who work with him in the winery. A very technicial vinification process is performd starting with dry ice to lower the temperature of the grapes when they arrive at the winery. The destemming and crushing processes are done simultaneously to enhance the extraction of polyphenols.

This blend of Sangiovese, Alicante, and Merlot is aged a year and a half in small French 5hl barrels. Very dark ruby-red in color. A complex nose with fruity and herbaceous notes. A powerful wine with good structure, very elegant tannins on the palate with a typical Merlot rounded elegance and a not so typical Alicante "spice", all making for a long intriguing finish. Serve with roasted meats and aged cheeses.

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Fruity with a not so small hint of spice, this is a great wine to pair with, well, obviously with Italian food (I had a polenta primavera tonight). I wouldn't hesitate to serve this with any wonderfully rich food, including cheeses, game, red meats, and chocolates (of course, I'll pair many, many things with a good, dark chocolate!) Italy goes up in my estimate be producing this wine. Grab a bottle or two...and enjoy!!
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Learn About Donatella Cinelli Colombini

At Casato Prime Donne there are 18 hectares of vineyard and the winery for the production and ageing of the Brunello di Montalcino wine. The winemakers are all women: a revolutionary work situation for Italy. In the vineyards around Casato, there is a trail walk where quotations from the winners of the Casato Prime Donne Award and works of art accompany those walking through the...

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Learn About Tuscany

(TUSS-can-ee) One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...

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Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...

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