Wine Castellare di Castellina, "I Sodi di San Niccolo", Toscana IGT, 2001
Dark ruby-red color.
The taste of wine - a fascinating, soft and silky, elegant and fresh with intense ripe tannins, strong body and good balance. Aftertaste - a very long and attractive, with hints of fruit, delicate hint of menthol and a slight bitterness.
The wine has a delicate floral and fruity aroma with sharp hints of licorice, with hints of herbs and eucalyptus, accompanied by nuances of spices (black pepper).
The wine goes well with braised and roasted meats, meats, pasta with meat sauce, risotto with meat sauce, grilled meat and hard cheeses.
Supertuscan wine "I Sodi di San Niccolo" - the pride of the wine sector Castellare di Castellina, which included twice in the "Top 100 best wines" from the famous wine critic "Wine Spectator". Charisma, class, complexity - these are the words that best describe "And Sodi di San Nicolo". The wine is made from beautiful blend of grapes Sangiovese and Malvasia Nera, which is proof that you can make world-class wine from autochthonous varieties grown in the vineyards of Tuscany IGT category. The vineyards are located in the rocky terrain at an altitude of 350-400 meters in the limestone and clay soils rich in minerals. All work is performed by hand, because this terroir can not use mechanical means. Age of vines is 25-30 years. After fermentation, the wine is aged 24 months in French oak barrels, approximately 50% of them - are new. After bottling wine aging for at least 12 months in the bottle. Wine storage capacity - 35-40 years.
Extreme weather conditions in 2001 - snowy winter, too rainy spring with unexpected frosts in April, dry summers and rains in the last week of September - did not prevent the grapes get the perfect fruitiness, freshness, a sufficient level of alcohol and delicate aromatic bouquet. The quality of the vintage 2001 depended mainly on the professionalism of growers and winemakers Castellare di Castellina, on reasonable management of vineyards and timely harvest.
Domini di Castellina and Castellari - a family owned company, located in the Chianti region, in the commune of Castellina. Since 1979, the company is owned by Paolo Panerai. The history of farming began in 1968 with the unification of the five vineyards in the heart of Tuscany, in the scenic area, at an altitude of 400 meters above sea level. Some of them (about 33 hectares) is located on the hills overlooking the south-east. They became the basis of the first wineries Paolo Panerai - Castellare di Castellina. In the vineyards prohibited the use of pesticides and herbicides. Age of vines from 5 to 40 years. The maximum exposure to the sun, good drainage, the soil is a mixture of limestone, marl and clay - all these factors make it possible to get a small, but very high quality crop from which the structured, intense wine with great aging potential. Today Castellari di Castellina produces about 240,000 bottles of wine per year. The winery and vineyards are not only traditional but also innovative technology. Image of birds on the labels of bottles of wine from Castellari di Castellina symbolize the company's approach to environmental protection.
After Castellari di Castellina Paolo Panerai has created in the heart of the Maremma area of Tuscany farm Rocca Frassinello. This major international project developed in partnership with Les Domaines Baron de Rothschild-Lafite. It includes 500 hectares of vineyards, of which 80 hectares of vines planted today Sandzhoveto (40 ha), Cabernet, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Shiraz. The project is based on the best Italian and French traditions of viticulture and winemaking. Panerai third economy, which came into Domini di Castellina Castellari, was Feudi del Pisciotto. The winery is located in Sicily. It owns 40 acres of vineyards, half of which is planted with a variety Nero d'Avola, and a new cellar for wine-making and aging wine.
Alessandro Chellai, general manager and chief enologist of Domini Castellare di Castellina, says: "Each of our wine has the task of expressing the absolute superiority, quality and tradition. We are very pleased to offer our wines for people who appreciate the deep roots and unique professional skills winemakers."