'Bricco del Drago' 2017
Langhe Rosso, DOC
$29.99 US low, $24.99 on 3+ Mix & Match (code: 'drago')
- vines planted 1970-1989-2000
- western exposure at 330 to 400 meters of altitude
- 85% Dolcetto, 15% Nebbiolo, vinified separately
This was one of the coolest new wines I tasted our recent trip to Barolo. There are other blends in the region, but they are usually Barbera and Dolcetto blended together. This is a serious wine and one worthy of your cellar space, particularly in magnum (trying to get some and 3L for a future offer).
In production since 1969, Bricco del Drago was unintentionally the first "Super Table Wine" in Piedmont and carries the rare DOC designation. The soil and microclimate in this vineyard give the Dolcetto an incredible complexity and structure. This is why Luciano Degiacomi, the creator of the wine, tried to soften the Dolcetto by adding a small percentage of Nebbiolo - for finesse and elegance - and aging it for 2 years in large botte. The result was an important wine with extraordinary longevity.
For Reference: My Tasting Notes on 2015 & 2012
2017 should align with 2015, both warm growing seasons.
Bricco del Drago 15
DOC status, 1969 1st version, delimited hill and wine name, 12/13k production in a good year if it is made. In poor years it is not made. Med+ ruby core. The nose is youthful, a little tight initially, it opens gently with air, getting better and better and amazing after 3o minutes. Red fruits, raspberry, cherry, tar, leather, violets and pepper spice. The palate is med+ with excellent complexity and grows in depth and intensity out of a dense core. Excellent!
Bricco del Drago 12
Med+ ruby core. Nose is pronounced and complex, with the bottle age has brought more complexity and some tertiary notes. Saddle leather, blueberry, black cherry, juicy and primary, excellent density and weight. Excellent balance, persistence and intensity. Med+ all, long fresh & structured finish. Excellent!