“Bright red with a brick rim. Deep red cherry, Christmas spice, damp earth and chestnut on the complex nose, plus a whiff of alcoholic warmth. Sweet, dense and ripe, with a multilayered quality to its spicy red cherry, woodsy underbrush and licorice flavors. Finishes long and thick, with chewy, slightly rustic tannins and lingering red cherry syrup, plus sweet brown spice nuances. Almost forty years old, the 1979 has aged remarkably well and is still bright and lively today, but also offers plush fruit of noteworthy sweetness. Very well done!”
“Very dark, almost impenetrable ruby with orange rim. Savory, earthy and with orange-peel notes. With aeration, sweet perfumed dark fruit. Mouthwatering acidity and firm, dry tannin. Elegant palate weight and feel and with still some power left. Linear and long.” (17.5 points out of 20)
The 1979 I Sodi di San Niccolò wafts from the glass with sweet scents of tobacco, brown sugar, spices, figs and plums. It is a fully mature, silky wine kept intact by its Sangiovese-infused acidity. Personally, I prefer wines with more freshness, but there is no doubt the 1979 has aged gracefully. Crushed flowers and dried fruits reappear on the soft, gentle finish. Readers who enjoy fully mature wines will find this right up their alley. This is an impeccable first effort. The 1979 was aged in 10-HL chestnut barrels. Sodi was the only wine made in 1979, the estate’s inaugural harvest.