Donatella Cinelli Colombini
Il Drago e Le 8 Colombini
Donatella Cinelli Colombini
60% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot, 20% Sagrantino
Why We Like It
Born in Fattoria del Colle, the oldest and most intact area in Tuscany, this high-quality wine is rich, expressive and has the capability to age. With aromas of ripe red fruits and earthy flavours, we’d say this wine is an absolute masterpiece. The producer leads by example not only through their wines but also through their all- female cellar staff. A revolutionary work environment for Italy and a flagship for women in the wine business.
What We Taste
Blackberry jam, black cherry, vanilla, tobacco, leather.
What We Smell
Jam, blueberry, sweet tobacco, tar.
At Bar Corso: Classic pairing for any red meat, pasta based dishes, grilled vegetables, meals with Italian spices such as oregano, sage and thyme...try it with Bar Corso's famous Meatballs or Lamb Shoulder Agnolotti, available for takeout HERE.
At Home: Meat and cheese board, jerky and pepperoni sticks.
Tuscany is Italy’s sixth largest wine producing region and nearly two-thirds of its vineyards are planted with the Sangiovese grape. As a region whose residents spend an excessive amount of time thinking about and indulging in food and wine, you know these wines are gonna be real good. Best known for its dramatic landscapes, hilltop towns, and the historic cities of Florence and Siena, Tuscany is also home to some of Italy’s most popular wines such as the reds of Chianti. Oh and one last thing… the leaning tower of Pisa, you’ll also find that here.
Donatella Cinelli Colombini is a force to be reckoned with in the world of wine. Besides producing top of the line vino, Colombini is also known for her initiatives in promoting and supporting women in the wine industry. The entire winemaking team is made up of women- something you don’t find often in Italy. In 1998, when she began winemaking, Colombini inquired about a cellar master from local enology schools, and she was told that only female students were available since many wineries did not want to hire them. That’s right, 1998! 23 years later and Colombini is now a flagship for women in the wine business. Let’s hear it for the ladies!
If You Like This Wine
You may also like Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend.
Wine Vikings Team Tip*
If you’re wanting to set the mood for your next dinner date, then this wine is a MUST. Pair it with rich meaty dishes and let the wine do the rest of the talking. Take notes… because this is date night done right.
*This tip does not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of our featured Wine Viking but is instead how our team in the background likes to enjoy these wines, along with a few simple hacks.