James Suckling 100 Top wines of Italy 2019
98pts James Suckling
This is the best Campo del Drago I have ever had. It really shows the unique character of the elevated single vineyard of 1.5 hectares. Black cherries and flowers with hints of sandalwood and tree bark. Always pure and beautiful. Medium to full body. Ultra-fine tannins. Lightly salty character to the cherry and berry flavors. Extremely long and beautiful. Drink after 2021.
A nervy, complete and characterful wine. On the nose and palate, it harmoniously enshrines outstanding characteristics: crisp, ripe fruit with superb balsamic nuances, well-integrated acidity and exceptional tannic quality. Campo Del Drago 2015 best expresses itself in the long term, with an incredible proclivity for extremely long ageing.
The 2015 harvest, was a textbook vintage in terms of the climate and the exceptional quality of the grapes. July and August were hot and dry, and the soil’s water reserves, which accumulated in the spring, helped to counteract the heat, leading to a superb vintage, which benefited from day-night temperature swings in September, hence the perfect ripening of the berries. The coolness of the weeks in the run-up to the harvest resulted in the perfect concentration of the aromas and ideal tannic maturation. The hand-picked grapes were healthy and integral, boasting small bunches and sparse berries, while the sugar content and acidity were exceptional.
The Campo del Drago vineyard parcel was harvested on 29 September, earlier than previous years. The altitude of the vineyard enabled excellent tannic maturation in a complete and varied year. If the wines fully express the potential of the grapes, exceptional quality is guaranteed.