Bricco del Drago Langhe DOC
The earliest instance of a “Super Piedmontese,” first released in 1969 by Luciano De Giacomi (Alba-native, writer and wine and food scholar, 1921-1995). It is a blend of approximately 85% Dolcetto and 15% Nebbiolo. The soil and microclimate of Cascine Drago provide the Dolcetto variety with amazing complexity and structure. That is the reason De Giacomi decided he would soften the Dolcetto and add a dab of finesse by blending it with a small percentage of the noble Nebbiolo grape and age the blend in wood. The result became one of the region’s most iconic reds. It is extremely elegant and refined, with extraordinary longevity. The vineyards were planted in 1970, 1989 and 2000. The two varieties are vinified separately and blended before oak aging begins. It lasts about eighteen to twenty-four months, depending on the vintage. A very elegant bouquet thanks to the perfect fusion of Nebbiolo’s finesse and the volume of Dolcetto; spicy and grapey notes.
Wine exported to
Korea, Puerto Rico, Australia
85% Dolcetto, 15% Nebbiolo
30 °C (86 °F)
Length of maceration:
5-8 days for Dolcetto, 10-12 days for Nebbiolo
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Bricco del Drago
3.73 hectares (9.2 acres)
330-400 meters (1,082-1,312 feet) above sea level
5,000 vines per hectare
1970, 1989, 2000
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Very deep ruby red with violet nuances; elegant bouquet I highlighting the best characteristics of Nebbiolo (finesse) and Dolcetto (roundness). In Federica's words, a choir where the sopranos are supplied by Nebbiolo, the basses by Dolcetto.
Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).
Suitable for robust and flavor-packed recipes as well as gnocchi with tomato sauce, grilled meats and stews.
Surprising aging potential: 20-25 years and even more
Alcohol 13-14 % ; Acidity 5-5.5 gr/l