2006 Castellare I Sodi di San Niccolo Vino da Tavola
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

  • WA 96
  • WS 94
  • IWC 94

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WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2012
The 2006 I Sodi di San Niccolo is shaping up to be both one of the wines of the vintage and one of the great all-time versions of this Tuscan thoroughbred. Rich explosive and totally compelling the 2006 boasts superb... The 2006 I Sodi di San Niccolo is shaping up to be both one of the wines of the vintage and one of the great all-time versions of this Tuscan thoroughbred. Rich explosive and totally compelling the 2006 boasts superb intensity and dazzling overall balance. The 2006 is every bit as promising as it was when it was first released about two years ago. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031. 96+ points. ...one of the jewels of Chianti Classico. Castellare isn't as well known as the trendiest estates in Tuscany but the wines rarely fail to impress. The last few years have seen a marked increase in quality throughout the range especially among the entry-level bottlings. Quality has never been an issue with the flagship I Sodi di San Niccolo one of the true icons of Chianti Classico that remains under the radar. Fortunately for consumers prices have yet to catch up with quality. Sodi is 85% Sangioveto and 15% Malvasia Nera from a vineyard in the heart of the estate where the bunches are typically loose and naturally low in vigor. Today Sodi is fermented in stainless steel then racked into concrete for the malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged 24 months in French oak barrels roughly 50% new...
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, October 2010
Full and silky red with plenty of ripe tannins and loads of fruit yet also subtle and layered. This very pretty red should improve with lots of bottle age. Sangiovese and Malvasia Nera. Best after 2012. 2500 cases made. -JS
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2010
Good full ruby-red. Rich deep aromas of ripe red cherry sweet almond and tobacco with subtle floral and mineral nuances building with aeration. Then fruity tactile and very intense with a floral element lifting the... Good full ruby-red. Rich deep aromas of ripe red cherry sweet almond and tobacco with subtle floral and mineral nuances building with aeration. Then fruity tactile and very intense with a floral element lifting the superripe red cherry tobacco and delicate underbrush flavors. Finishes magically mouthcoating and smooth with terrific juicy persistence. Even though I know every vintage of this wine well I was amazed at how good this young wine was; in fact this vintage may well be one of the three best ever. -Ian D'Agata
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Vintage 2006

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The masterpiece of Castellare, I Sodi di San Niccolo, has twice placed in the top 100 of Wine Spectator, and has been awarded “Three Glasses” by Il Gambero Rosso.

I Sodi di San Niccolo is produced solely with native varieties: 85-90% of Sangioveto and 10-15% of Malvasia Nera, I Sodi comes from the two best crus of the farm.

The word "I Sodi" was used by the Tuscan farmers to describe those grounds which had to be processed by hand, being too hard (in fact firm) or too steep to allow for the employment of the horses, unlike the "fields" that make the grounds more easily cultivable.

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Castellare

Poderi Castellare di Castellina is a Tuscan wine estate located in the heart of the Chianti Classico area, close to the village of Castellina. It was formed in 1968 by the consolidation of five farms. Since the last 70’s, the estate has belonged to Paolo Panerai who also owns Feudi del Pisciotto, Gurra di Mare in Sicily, and a joint venture with Domaines Barons de Rothschild in Maremma called Rocca di Frassinello.

Castellare has roughly 33 hectares of vineyards, 12 hectares of olive-groves, 15 hectares of mixed cultivation, and also forest. Vine age is between 5 and 30 years. Ideal exposure to the sun, good drainage, a mixed ground of calcareous marls, galestro and little clay give both red and white wines structure and depth for a long aging in bottle.

In addition to the flagship wine, I Sodi di San Niccolo, the estate produces Chianti Classicos, Riservas, varietal and white wines.