I SODI DI S. NICCOLÒ 2018 BY CASTELLARE DI CASTELLINA IS THE THIRD MOST APPRECIATED ITALIAN WINE IN THE WORLDI Sodi di San Niccolò 2018 rises on the podium of the most appreciated Italian wines in the world. The Supertuscan by Castellare di Castellina, a historic Chianti Classico winery, takes third place in the annual ranking published by the Italian magazine Gentleman which adds up the ratings of the most important Italian guides and those of the four most authoritative international wine critics (Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate by Rober Parker, Vinous by Antonio Galloni and James Suckling.com).
The 2018 vintage of Castellare Supertuscan, based on Sangioveto (85%) and Malvasia Nera (15%), is particularly important for the Chianti winery because it marked the debut on the Place de Bordeaux, the prestigious network of negociants that distribute authentic icons of world enology. It is distinguished by a great olfactory intensity and a dense and elegant texture of sweet tannins, supported by the acidity of the Sangioveto. “The sip is particularly pleasant and crunchy – underlines the winemaker, Alessandro Cellai – and the finish is long and very persistent. A wine that can be drunk immediately or left in the cellar for a very long ageing”.
I Sodi di S. Niccolò is one of the first Italian Supertuscans (first harvest 1977) made exclusively with native Chianti Classico vines from the two best crus of Castellare. It was at the top of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list in 1988 (the first) with the 1985 vintage; and again in 1989 with the 1986 vintage. Furthermore, it won twice (in 2013 and 2016) the title of first Italian wine by adding the scores of Italian and international critics.
Check out Gentleman’s TOP 100 ranking.