CASTELLARE DI CASTELLINA, 'I SODI DI SAN NICCOLÒ'
TUSCANY, ITALY 2016
Proclaimed by Antonio Galloni as the “single most overlooked high-end wine in Tuscany today,” ‘I Sodi di San Niccolò’ is the flagship red of the Castellare estate and the first Italian wine from Tuscany to be included in Wine Spectator’s inaugural Top 100 list. Now a Top 100 regular, ‘I Sodi di San Niccolò’ is a yearly collector’s item that still provides outstanding value compared to other renowned Super Tuscans like Sassicaia, which can easily fetch upwards of $200 a bottle. Today’s feature of the 2016 vintage is no exception, a 98-point powerhouse that can be added to your collection for under $80 a bottle with special Concierge pricing.
The Castellare estate is located within Chianti in Castellina, a Tuscan refuge for wildlife that is home to the rare species of birds pictured on the winery’s iconic bottle labels. 1200 feet in elevation, the vineyards of Castellare are among the best of Chianti and are spread across 46 acres within a natural southwest facing amphitheater in the heart of the Classico region. Yields are kept relatively low (far lower than the level allowed by Chianti Classico DOCG rules) which enhances the concentration of aromas and flavors. First produced in the 1980s, ‘I Sodi di San Niccolò’ is from an experimental vineyard planted in collaboration with the Universities of Milan and Florence and was created to demonstrate that native Tuscan grapes could produce a wine with all the power and grace of a classic Super Tuscan—which can rely on international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. ‘I Sodi di San Niccolò’ is named after a plot of land that is traditionally difficult to till, where local varieties Sangioveto and Malvasia Nera are hand-harvested to produce a wine that captures the rich history of the vineyard as well as the native grapes’ enormous potential.
Full-bodied with firm yet fine-grained tannins, the 2016 is rich and elegant, offering aromas of ripe cherries, dark berries and currants complemented by notes of vanilla, leather and cedar. Full on the palate, the wine has tremendous structure allowing for extended ageing in your cellar (at least two decades!) offering “unreal value in the world of high-end, cellar-worthy wine” (Antonio Galloni). Today’s the perfect opportunity for you to stock up, especially with up to 20% off when you purchase three or more bottles. Don’t delay, as our allocation is extremely limited.
*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Spring 2021. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in CO, NM, NY, TN, or WI. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Sunday, January 10, 2021.