Born in Fattoria del Colle in the oldest and most intact area of Tuscany. This wine was born to celebrate the only man in Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s wineries, her husband Carlo Gardini. These wineries are the first in Italy to be all female staffed. But Carlo is however always present with his advice and his passion for fine red wines.
This is a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Sagrantino, three varieties that bring different characteristics to the wine: Sangiovese brings elegance, Merlot pleasantness and Sagrantino gives more structure. All the grapes are cultivated at Fattoria del Colle, following the organic regime, and are picked, vinified and aged in barrel separately to be joined before the bottling
This is a small production between 8,000-16,000 bottles per year, a masterpiece.
Often this type of wine is called Super Tuscan because although it doesn’t belong to any appellation is aims at high quality, even though with freedom with respect to the rules that are enforced by the DOC appellations. For this reason Donatella Cinelli Colombini has inserted among the varieties for the Il Drago e Le 8 Colombe the Sagrantino, typical variety used in Umbria, its administrative boundary lines, end just about 10 km from Trequanda where Fattoria del Colle is situated. The 2016 vintage has been rated 5stars and finally is a vintage perfect for cellaring!