“The flagship 2013 I Sodi di San Niccolò is classy and polished to the core. In many vintages, the I Sodi di San Niccolò can be more overt and extroverted, but in 2013 it is a wine of cool sophistication and polish. A rush of dark red and purplish-hued stone fruits, wild flowers, mint and licorice rounds things out. The 2013 is a stylish, captivating Sodi. All it needs is time in bottle. For my money, Sodi remains one of the world's most pedigreed under-the-radar wines.”
“The 2010 I Sodi di San Niccolò bursts from the glass with superb intensity, power and richness. Violets and lavender meld into more savory notes as this structured, vibrant Sodi shows off its class and personality. The 2010 is inward and closed, yet also utterly captivating. Readers will have to be patient, but there is a lot to look forward to. The 2010 brings together finesse and structure in a way that has seldom been achieved before. This is a great showing from Castellare.”
“A super rich Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2009 Coniale mirrors the same themes of elegance and abundance seen in the other wines from Castellare di Castellina. Black fruit, leather and spice add muscle and staying power. Despite the wine’s massive power and concentration, it also reveals unmistakable finesse in the way its various elements are so seamlessly integrated. Tiny details of tar, black licorice and rosemary sprig add to its overall complexity and give it an all-Italian personality.”
“The 2008 I Sodi di San Niccolò is especially dark, powerful and brooding in this vintage. Black fruit, smoke, tar and incense are some of the many notes that flow from a structured, tense frame. The 2008 will test the readers’ patience, but it has the stuffing and pedigree to develop into a splendid wine. This is a fabulous showing, especially within the context of the vintage. Today, the 2008 looks to be a great wine in the making. I Sodi di San Niccolò is 85% Sangioveto and 15% Malvasia Nera aged in French oak barrels, 50% new.”
The 2001 I Sodi di San Niccolò flows from the glass with deep layers of ripe dark red fruit. Powerful, incisive tannins provide the backdrop for this structured, towering wine as it continues to grow with air. Despite its size, the 2001 also has tons of detail and nuance. In short, it is a magnificent, harmonious wine that still offers quite a bit of potential for the future.
The 2006 I Sodi di San Niccolo is fabulous. Beautifully delineated aromatics meld into a breathtaking array of dark fruit, crushed rocks, smoke, tar, minerals and flowers in this totally thrilling Tuscan red. The fruit completely saturates the palate, while persistent notes of crushed rocks and all things mineral round things out.