Ruby to medium red in the glass fading to a clearer rim. No brick color at all. Ripe red fruit and leather nose. Nicely balanced acid, alcohol and fruit at the outset, some drying tannins and a medium to long finish. Nice wine that opened too young. Hang on to this one for maybe 3-5 more years. I think patience will be rewarded.
Decanted for 3 hours. Dark and deep garnet color. High viscosity. Youthful and still slightly muted nose, but great aromatic complexity. Nose of dark fruits (black cherries, blackberry), fig, dried flowers, sweet spices (cinnamon, cloves), minerals (tar, graphite) and some dark chocolate. On the palate there are additional notes of cedar wood, but also plenty of dark chocolate. It's medium-full bodied and very dense, with medium-high acidity and medium-high tannin that is present but silky. Super long finish. A breathtakingly beautiful I Sodi di San Niccolo, still way too young but I just couldn't resist. And for a warmer vintage, there is quite a lot of freshness. (95+)
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(Castellare di Castellina I Sodi di San Niccolò Toscana IGT) Dark cherry red color; mature, redolent dried berry, anise, cedar, sandalwood nose; tight, ripe red berry, cedar, sandalwood palate; medium-plus finish (85% Sangioveto, 15% Malvasia Nera) 90+ points
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