2015 Castellare I Sodi di S. Niccolo Vino da Tavola

Year: 2015
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 93
Vinous Media: 98
James Suckling: 96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"Not flashy, yet broad and deep, this red is anchored by a beam of black cherry at center stage, with accents of earth, leather, iron and tobacco. Muscular on the back end, yet remains long, if a bit dry. Sangioveto and Malvasia Nera. Best from 2022 through 2033. 2,500 cases made, 800 cases imported. -BS" (WS)

"The 2015 I Sodi di San Niccolò is just stratospheric. That's pretty much all there is to it. Plush, deep and explosive, the 2015 possesses magnificent depth. The 15% Malvasia Nera gives tannic backbone and energy to balance the wine's natural richness. Sweet red cherry, cedar, smoke, tobacco and licorice build in a racy, flamboyant Sodi that hits all the right notes. In a word: stunning!" (VM)

"Explosive fruit on the nose with dark cherries and plums, but there are also lots of fresh fragrances here, including spearmint, eucalyptus, forest floor and boysenberries. The palate is very pure and focused, the driven acidity providing a welcome counterpoint to the layers of rich, dark fruit. A blend of 85 per cent sangioveto and 15 per cent malvasia nera. Drink in 2022." (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.