I Sodi di San Niccolò Toscana IGT 1979

I Sodi di San Niccolò was created in the early 1980s with the goal of demonstrating that the native grapes could produce a wine with all the power and grace of a Super Tuscan.  The name "I Sodi" refers to land that is difficult to till (grapes must be hand-harvested), and "San Niccolò" is an abandoned church on the Castellare property.  This wine captures the enormous potential of the Sangioveto grape.

Tasting Notes

Full-bodied, with firm yet fine-grained tannins, I Sodi di San Niccolò is a rich and elegant wine that offers supple notes of wild berries, blackberry, currants, and cedar, which are elegantly complemented by hints of vanilla and leather.

Food Pairing

Pair with tomato sauce and meaty tomato sauces, fine cuts of steak, or roasted rack of lamb.

Production Info
Vineyard name
The I Sodi di San Niccolò vineyard
Vineyard size
11 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous
Training method
Guyot
Elevation
1,452 feet
Vines/acre
1,800
Yield/acre
2 tons
Exposure
Southeastern
Harvest time
October
First vintage of this wine
1980
Bottles produced of this wine
25,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
85% Sangioveto and 15% Malvasia Nera
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
50% new and 50% second-passage
Length of alcoholic fermentation
14 days
Fermentation temperature
79 °F
Maceration technique
Pumpover, delestage
Maceration length
14
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques
Length of bottle aging
30 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French oak
Length of aging before bottling
24 months

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