I Sodi di San Niccolo 2019


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Tasting Notes

This is a long-celebrated blend of 85% Sangioveto (another name for Sangiovese) and 15% Malvasia Nera from one of the headline estates of Castellina in Chianti. The Castellare di Castellina 2019 I Sodi di S. Niccolò (with 55,000 bottles released) opens to soft texture and medium weight with dark aromas of blackcurrant and cherry. Those aromas show an earthy or savory side that comes through to the palate. The wine closes with sweet tannins, and this vintage boasts a solid build overall.

Score: 95

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2023-2040 21 September 2023

The 2019 I Sodi di San Niccolò is another fabulous wine from Castellare. At this stage, the 2019 is an infant. The purity of the fruit is compelling. Despite its considerable intensity, the 2019 appears to have less forbidding tannins than in many years, which should allow it to drink well with minimal cellaring. Blood orange, sweet spice, leather and cedar linger on the stylish finish.

Score: 95

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Maturity: 2026-2044 01 August 2023

An intense, vibrant red marked by haunting scents of violet, black cherry, blackberry, wild rosemary, eucalyptus and iron. Supple and open, yet with solid structure underneath. This wine's precision balance renders it approachable now, yet this will be better in two to three years. Spicy aftertaste. Sangioveto and Malvasia Nera. Best from 2026 through 2047.

Score: 95

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2026-2047 01 August 2023

Captures interest from the first nose, skewers you in place with its flavoursome pomegrante, raspberry, orange peel, lemongrass, rose, slate. There is a smoke, tar edge from the oak but it is matched step by step with vibrant fruit and mouthwatering freshness. 66% new oak, 10 months in bottle after barrel ageing before release; 33ha, winemaker Alessandro Cellai.

Score: 96

Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux Maturity: 2024-2034 01 March 2023