2014 Castellare I Sodi di S. Niccolo Vino da Tavola

Year: 2014
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 94+
Vinous Media: 94+
James Suckling: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"On the lean side, yet ripe and complex, with tart cherry, plum, leather, tobacco, mineral and underbrush flavors. The innate power sneaks up on you, and this finishes with crisp acidity and firm tannins. Sangiovese and Malvasia Nera. Best from 2020 through 2035. 2,200 cases made, 600 cases imported. -BS " (WS)

"Dark, brooding, thick and profound, the 2014 I Sodi di S. Niccolò is one of those wines that pushes the quality limits of Sangiovese. The blend here is 85% Sangioveto (an antique name for Sangiovese) with 15% Malvasia Nera. The wine is aged in barrique for 30 months. The bouquet shows black fruit aromas with elaborate spice, toasted nut, cured leather, licorice and crushed stone or granite. The purity of those aromas is profound and impressive. What I appreciate most about this wine is that it delivers this rare level of quality in what was not an easy vintage. Some 27,000 bottles were made." (WA)

"The flagship I Sodi di San Niccolò is fabulous in 2014. Like so many wines in this vintage, I Sodi is going to need time in bottle to be at its best given the naturally nervous, sinewy style of the year. Even so, there is quite a bit of depth and persistence in the glass. I would prefer to cellar the 2014 for at least a few years." (VM)

"Lots of bright fruit, such as soaked blueberries and lemon and orange rind. Medium body, a fair serving of tangy fruit, very high acidity, medium tannins and a mineral finish. A blend of sangioveto and malvasia nera." (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.