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JS96, WA95 "Captivating" Super Tuscan Classic from a Renowned Producer - 04/10/2017 - Italy

It’s rare to find a wine that leaves you truly enraptured, but the 96-Point, 2012 "I Sodi di San Niccolò" is precisely just that. James Suckling describes this effort as “captivating” and we couldn’t be in more agreement as from the very first whiff to the final sip this elegant showing displays utter poise and grace. There is little question as to why it consistently places among the top wines in its category. A blend of Sangioveto and Malvasia Nera these is no denying its Tuscan roots, and while there is a distinctly international flair, this 2012 isn’t about power and bombast, rather it conveys the more subtle side of Tuscany. Those who have enjoyed previous vintages of "I Sodi di San Niccolò” won’t want to miss this lovely rendering and for those who haven’t had the chance, 2012 is a magnificent place to start.

Made in an open-knit style the "I Sodi di San Niccolò” is lively and expressive enough to appeal to a very wide audience, while at the same time has loads of terroir and character that long time Italian collectors are so fond of. Bright cherry and other red fruits make their introductions first and are soon joined by additional notes of wild flowers, baking spice, fresh herbs, and nuts. Its perfume alone is worth the price of admission as over and over we found ourselves returning to the glass catching yet another enticing scent. Winemaker Alessandro Cellai was very careful when it came to his barrel aging program as too much new oak would have overpowered the delicate nuances of this wine, the result is nothing short of breathtaking and is among the best Super Tuscans we’ve enjoyed in this year. A true jewel of a wine, don’t hesitate to stock up on this classic Italian charmer.

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2012 Castellare di Castellina "I Sodi di San Niccolò" Toscana Price: Hidden

96 points James Suckling: "Captivating aromas of dark fruits, cedar and tobacco follow through to a full body, silky and chewy tannins and a flavorful, rich finish. Very intense and pretty. Provocative. A classic Super Tuscan. A blend of Sangiovese and Malvasia Nera. Drink in 2019." (11/2016)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As always, this celebrated wine shows excellent results. The 2012 I Sodi di S. Niccolò (85% Sangioveto and 15% Malvasia Nera) is a young wine that needs time to flesh out. It shows bright berry flavors and fresh acidity that will benefit from more time to relax and integrate. The wine is beautifully stitched together and balanced with soft contours, and has a long, lively mouthfeel. It offers wild berry and red cherry with spice, crushed stone, pressed blue flower and scorched earth. The wine is aged in equal parts new and neutral oak. (ML)" (12/2016)

93 points Vinous: "Castellare's 2012 I Sodi di San Niccolò offers lovely depth and radiance in a silky, open-knit style for this wine. The 2012 doesn't have the explosiveness nor the depth of the very best years, but in exchange, it will drink well pretty much upon release. Polished, silky tannins wrap around the juicy, giving finish. (AG)" (10/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Black cherry, black currant and plum fruit is shaded by tobacco, tar and tea notes in this densely structured red. Dusty tannins line the finish for now, but overall this is fresh, complex and needs time to reveal all its facets. Sangiovese and Malvasia Nera. (BS)" (07/2016)

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 05, 2017

A few months in oak, the nose is classic ripe cherries and strawberries and a hint of coco powder. On the palate of this full-bodied wine, you will find the fruit describe above with a touch of minerals and soft tannins, which gives this wine a very lush feel to the palate and has an incredible long finish

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 04, 2017

An elegant and pure nose pours into a glass full of fresh red fruit and soft balancing acidity in this Super Tuscan. Allowing the Sodi to open up is necessary for it to become the soft and gracious wine it is. The graceful, long finish is filled with gentle earth character and that classic savory Sangiovese element. Beautiful from beginning to end.

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 03, 2017

"I Sodi" is one of the jewels of Tuscany and among the finest examples of Sangiovese in the region. In most vintages this wine requires some cellaring to allow it to soften and round out yet the 2012 is showing beautifully now. It's soft, supple and captures an elegant and nuanced side of Sangiovese with just the right balance of acidity. Winemaker Alessandro Cellai assured us we'd love it and he was right. We think you'll find it enchanting as well.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 03, 2017

At the first whiff of aromatics I was in love with this wine, it speaks of place, of seasons and history, not of barrels or winemaking. The addition of 15% Malvasia Nera takes the Sangiovese to another level, it seems to release scented waves of intense spice, wild roses, lavender, violets and iris. On the palate the wine says Sangiovese; a long linear axis is the focus yet it still shows a sweet, supple balance and now at 5 years old its youthful tannins have faded. The wine is full of flavors crushed, dried flowers, sweet wild cherry, cinnamon, leather and leaves a bit of a roasted chestnut taste in the finish. The Malvasia Nera is pure perfume, it fills the nose with an array of fragrance and yet on the palate it adds facets, highlights to Sangioveses stark structure that seem to weave themselves into the wines core. The I Sodi is supple, characterful, balanced, and expressive while having a hauntingly powerful pull on my emotions; I can feel its call. This is a superb wine, it isnt going to bowl you over it is going to entice you in, to take one sip after another and have a long engaging dialog. I love this wine.

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 03, 2017

Great aromatic left lift with hints of cinnamon, strawberries, and raisins. Aromas were complimented by a fantastic texture and the classic Italian bite and acid that I look for. This wine has terroir and I love it.