Castellare di Castellina Sangiovese Blend Colli Della Toscana Centrale IGT I Sodi di San Niccolò 1997
Made from 85% Sangioveto and 15% Malvasia Nera. After a maceration period of 18-25 days, the wine was transferred to new barriques and aged for 24 months. "I Sodi" refers to land that is difficult to till and must be harvested by hand, "di San Niccolo" refers to an abandoned church on the Castellare property. This wine was created with the goal of demonstrating that the native grapes of the region could produce a wine of the highest international standards without the aid of varietals outside of the Chianti tradition. The goal has been achieved as I Sodi is consistently ranked in the top 100 wines internationally.
Editorial Reviews for Castellare di Castellina Sangiovese Blend Colli Della Toscana Centrale IGT I Sodi di San Niccolò
Iron, limestone, flower petals, spice. This is very fine, very perfumed, blood-penetrating nose. Fresh and rich, powerful wine. This has real energy in the mouth, lovely citrus and rosehip notes, red cherry fruit, strawberry. Lovely, still youthful. A bit liquory, nice spice. Mineral follow-through, sapid, almost salty, tense and vibrant, long fruit. Almost chewy yet rather refined. 93 pts