I Sodi di San Niccolo 2018

Castellare

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Tasting Notes

This is marked by new oak initially, then the plum and cherry flavors shine through. Vibrant, with leather and earth elements joining in before the oak spice and tannins frame the finish. Fresh and complex, with a lot going on—just needs time. Sangioveto and Malvasia Nera. Best from 2024 through 2042.

Score: 94

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2024-2042 30 September 2022

Already released in March, and this tasting, six months later, confirms my high opinion of this lovely characterful wine. Clove and turmeric spice, freshly cut herbs, raspberry and red cherry fruits, great quality, with layers of campfire smoke. Full of Tuscan warmth. 12 months in bottle following the barrel ageing. One of the original wave Super Tuscans (and originally a partnership with DBR Lafite), with Alessandro Cellai as consultant. Note Sangiovete by the way, not Sangiovese

Score: 95

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com Maturity: 2023-2040 01 September 2022

A vibrant, balanced and fresh red with raspberries, pomegranates, cherry stones and spice box on the nose. Sleek, tight tannins. Focused, with a very fine structure and wound-up energy. Sangiovese and malvasia nera. Try after 2023.

Score: 95

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com Maturity: 2023+ 22 July 2022

The 2018 I Sodi di San Niccolò is the most elegant Sodi I have ever tasted, and I have tasted them all. Sodi can be quite the bruiser in its youth, as the tannins are often imposing, but the 2018 is impressive because there is more than enough fruit to balance things out. Dark cherry, plum, lavender, spice and gravel build in a Sodi endowed with mind-blowing purity and exceptional finesse. Superb!

Score: 97

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Maturity: 2026 - 2043 01 July 2022

This celebrated Tuscan red is a blend of mostly Sangioveto (also known as Sangiovese) with a smaller part of Malvasia Nera. The Castellare di Castellina 2018 I Sodi di S. Niccolò shows the elegance and grace of these native grapes with aromas of red and purple fruit, cherry, wild rose and gardening soil. However, there is also a strong oak element that adds spice and toast to the bouquet and textural weight to the wine's generous build.

Score: 94

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2023 - 2040 30 June 2022