2013 Castellare I Sodi di S. Niccolo Vino da Tavola

Year: 2013
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 96
Vinous Media: 95+
James Suckling: 95
Gambero Rosso: Tre Bicchieri
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"This is elegant and supple in the beginning, gaining structure and power as the cherry, berry, tobacco and leather flavors play out against a firm line of tannins. Fine length. Sangiovese and Malvasia Nera. Best from 2019 through 2029. 2,100 cases made. –BS " (WS)

"The 2013 I Sodi di S. Niccolò is 85% Sangioveto (a more antique name for Sangiovese) and 15% Malvasia Nera from a single vineyard. This wine opens to a darkly saturated appearance and shows ruby, garnet and purple highlights. The bouquet is powerful but seamless at the same time with smooth transitions between dark cherry, spice, tobacco and moist clay. In the mouth, this wine shows dense extraction, but it never feels too weighed down by that mass. Instead, the freshness of the fruit and the natural acidity give the wine a bright and buoyant personality. Aged in barrique for 30 months, this is a delightful Tuscan red." (WA)

"The flagship 2013 I Sodi di San Niccolò is classy and polished to the core. In many vintages, the I Sodi di San Niccolò can be more overt and extroverted, but in 2003 it is a wine of cool sophistication and polish. A rush of dark red and purplish-hued stone fruits, wild flowers, mint and licorice rounds out things out. The 2013 is a stylish, captivating Sodi. All it needs is time in bottle. For my money, Sodi remains one of the world's most pedigreed under-the-radar wines." (VM)

"This is really serious with dense and deep fruit, citrusy acidity and a fantastic mouthfeel. Medium to full body, linear and racy. Made from a blend of sangioveto and malvasia nera. Drink now." (JS)

Winery Notes:
I Sodi di San Niccoló was created in the early 1980s with the goal of demonstrating that the native grapes could produce a wine with all the power and grace of a Super Tuscan-- without the use of international varietals. "I Sodi" refers to land that is difficult to till (grapes must be hand-harvested), and "San Niccoló" is an abandoned church on the Castellare property.

Full-bodied, with firm yet fine-grained tannins, I Sodi di San Niccoló is an austere, rich and elegant wine that offers supple notes of wild berries, blackberry, currants and cedar, which are elegantly complemented by hints of vanilla and leather.

Pair with tomato sauce and meaty pastas, fine cuts of steak or roast rack of lamb.

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