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I Sodi di S. Niccolò 2018
Castellare di Castellina

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I Sodi di S. Niccolò 2018 – Toscana IGT Castellare di Castellina I Sodi di S. Niccolò, is one of the few Italian Supertuscans made exclusively with native vines: 85% Sangioveto and 15% Malvasia Nera. The name derives from the word used by Tuscan peasants to describe those lands that must be worked by hand, being too hard (Sodi) or too steep to allow the use of oxen. San Niccolò, on the other hand, is the name of the 14th century church that rises on the property of Castellare around which some of the most suitable vineyards are located. On the label, the iconic bird, always present on the red wines of Castellare, symbol of the daily commitment to sustainable viticulture that the winery has been carrying out for over 40 years.

The vintage 2018

The 2018 season began with an early bud break due to higher than average temperatures in March and April, followed by a fairly rainy May. In general, the spring in Chianti Classico was characterized by temperatures 3-4 ° lower than the average for the period, while the summer was quite normal. A wonderful September, with a succession of sunny days and a significant temperature range between day and night, then allowed us to reach a perfect phenolic and aromatic ripening of the grapes.

The winemaking process

The manual harvest of the grapes took place in the first week of October and the bunches, placed in small boxes to avoid crushing, were immediately placed on the selection table for the sorting and subsequent destemming of the berries. Alcoholic fermentation took place in steel tanks, separately for the two varieties, at around 25 ° C for 7 days. Following, about 20 days of maceration on the skins and then malolactic fermentation. At the beginning of 2019 the wine was then transferred to new barriques (2/3 new and 1/3 used) for a period of about 30 months. At the end of the ageing in wood, the blend was carried out and, after a short period in the tank, I Sodi di S. Niccolò 2018 was bottled where it rested 10 months before being sold on the market. Castellare di Castellina 2

Tasting notes

“I Sodi di S. Niccolò 2018 is characterized by a great olfactory intensity and a dense and elegant texture of sweet tannins, supported by the acidity of Sangioveto, even more marked in this fresh year which made the sip particularly pleasant and crunchy, with a long and persistent finish. Ready immediately and, at the same time, suitable for a very long aging”. Alessandro Cellai, winemaker.










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