2018 Castellare di Castellina I Sodi di San Niccolo Vino da Tavola

Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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VN 97 JS 95 JA 95 WA 94 WE 94 WS 94 DC 92
VN 97

Vinous, 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...
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, July 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...
JA 95

janeanson.com, June 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...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 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...
WE 94

Wine Enthusiast, April 2023

This wine has a restrained nose that nonetheless shows notes of oak, vanilla and spice before cherry, herbs, topsoil and finally a bit of coffee and chocolate emerge. The palate remains indulgent, with cherry, orange...
WS 94

Wine Spectator, June 2022

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...
DC 92

Decanter, February 2023

A blend of approximately 85% Sangioveto and 15% Malvasia Nera, vinified separately in steel and matured in barriques, 50% new, for 24–30 months before blending. It features earthy, dusty, ripe black fruit aromas with...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

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.

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.

The 2018 Castellare I Sodi di San Niccolo Vino da Tavola is a proprietary blend produced by Castellare di Castellina in Tuscany, Italy. This red wine, sealed with a cork, boasts an alcohol content of 14.0%. It is composed predominantly of Sangioveto (Sangiovese) and Malvasia Nera, showcasing a balanced and elegant blend of native Italian grape varieties.

Wine Spectator rated this wine 94 points, remarking that while "new oak initially" marks the wine, "the plum and cherry flavors shine through." The review notes the wine's vibrancy, with "leather and earth elements joining in" and the oak spice framing the finish. It is described as "fresh and complex, with a lot going on," suggesting it will benefit from aging, best from 2024 through 2042.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also awarded the wine 94 points. Reviewer Monica Larner highlights the blend's "elegance and grace" with "aromas of red and purple fruit, cherry, wild rose and gardening soil." The oak element is noted for adding "spice and toast to the bouquet and textural weight to the wine's generous build."

Vinous provided a particularly favorable review, awarding the wine a high score of 97 points. Antonio Galloni describes the 2018 vintage as "the most elegant Sodi I have ever tasted," praising its balance of dark cherry, plum, lavender, spice, and gravel. Galloni found the wine "endowed with mind-blowing purity and exceptional finesse" and deemed it "superb!"

James Suckling rated the wine 95 points, emphasizing its "vibrant, balanced and fresh" character with "raspberries, pomegranates, cherry stones and spice box on the nose." He notes its "sleek, tight tannins" and very fine structure, recommending it be tried after 2023.

Jane Anson also gave the wine 95 points, describing it as "full of Tuscan warmth" with "clove and turmeric spice, freshly cut herbs, raspberry and red cherry fruits." She notes its aging process, including 12 months in the bottle following barrel aging.

Wine Enthusiast awarded the wine 94 points, highlighting its "restrained nose" with oak, vanilla, and spice notes, followed by cherry, herbs, topsoil, and a bit of coffee and chocolate. Danielle Callegari describes the palate as "indulgent" yet "balanced" with "tannins that rumble quietly."

Decanter rated the wine 92 points, describing the blend's "earthy, dusty, ripe black fruit aromas" with "touches of cocoa and mint." The palate features "sandy tannins" and "rich, spicy, cocoa-infused black fruits," with a "balsamic mid-palate" and a "tarry finish with fresh acidity."

Overall, the 2018 Castellare I Sodi di San Niccolo Vino da Tavola is a well-regarded wine with a reputation for elegance, complexity, and balance, receiving high praise from multiple esteemed reviewers.