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Single bottle of Red wine Castellare di Castellina, 'I Sodi di San Niccolo', Toscana IGT, 2018 85% Sangiovese & 15% Malvasia

Castellare di Castellina
'I Sodi di San Niccolo'
Toscana IGT

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The producer

Established in 1968 from the merger of five farms, Castellare, owned by Paolo Panerai, lies in Castellina at the core of Chianti Classico. It serves as a sanctuary for wildlife, prohibiting synthetic chemicals and hunting. Their labels feature images of rare birds found on the estate. The vineyards, situated among the region's highest, prioritize traditional Tuscan grapes, predominantly Sangiovese, cultivated in low yields, resulting in wines with intensified flavours and aromas.

The wine

Poderi Castellare di Castellina spans 22 hectares of vineyards situated on the hills of a natural amphitheater, facing south-east, producing 160,000 bottles annually. The vineyards, aged between 5 and 30 years and located at an average altitude of 370 meters above sea level, were established in 1968 through the merger of five farms. Their exceptional exposure to the sun, along with good water drainage and a mixed soil of calcareous marl, ensures high-quality wine production.

I Sodi di San Niccol exemplifies the potential of local grape varieties to produce world-class wines without the need for international varieties. After meticulous grape selection during harvest, fermentation occurs in steel tanks at controlled temperatures. Following malolactic fermentation, the wine is aged for 12-18 months in oak barrels from various coopers. Castellare's labels feature different endangered bird species each year, reflecting the company's environmental commitment, which includes a ban on hunting and minimal use of herbicides and pesticides.

Type: Red
Vintage: 2018
Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Sub region: Toscana IGT
Grape: 85% Sangiovese & 15% Malvasia
Style: Bold and Structured
Sweetness: Dry
ABV: 14%
Drinking window: 2021 - 2040
Size: 750ml
Food match: Beef and Venison

We choose our wines based on a range of criteria (see how we choose our wines) of which critic scores is just one. Rather than simply highlight the best score to promote a wine, our average critic score is calculated from the scores provided by several respected wine critics, who we follow for specific regions. They do not represent all critic scores and, wherever possible, we try and give more weight to more recent reviews. Where appropriate we consider market-based scores like Global Wine Score or Wine Searcher Average scores.

As a rule, we look to offer wines that achieve a 92/100 average critic score or better and frankly a lot of very good wines simply don’t make the cut. As a high-end provider we want to reflect that positioning in the quality of wines we offer. Such wines are only a tiny fraction of those generally on offer in the market. We believe that an average score is a more conservative and representative approach, but it is still subjective and only offered as a guide to our customers, who will (and should) do their own research. We will add individual critic scores to our website in the future. 

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