this is a really terrific, age-worthy, beautiful wine. It's also a wine for those that drink (pretty much) exclusively reds from CA and WA; something you might want to try if you've been thinking about or tried (and mostly failed) to crossover. It's not sweet, it's not over-extracted, etc., but it's got the structure, energy, balance, length, and flavors that will appeal to a very wide section of red wine lovers. Most of all, I wanted to post it while it's in the marketplace - buy too little and you will lament, if not regret, it.
But wait! There's more. Don't buy it, and you won't know what you're missing, and, well, ignorance is bliss.
- 2016 Castellare di Castellina I Sodi di S. Niccolò Toscana IGT - Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT (12/28/2020)
Very good>Excellent. Aerated in wide bottom decanter for 4 hours. Penetrating aromas, with deep, very precise flavors. This is a grand achievement for this bottling, seemingly having it all - structure, fresh, layered red/dark red layers of fruit, soil/sense of place, etc.; even some blood orange on the nose. At many points throughout this bottle, I was quite content just to marvel at its artistry, at nature's beautifully vivid power and grace - more than once I found myself inside the wine, or wanting to be there, it being a place of such wonder. For serious collectors of either this wine/this region or both, please consider a case purchase - a high level indeed. For my palate, drink 2025-2044, but really, there's no harm in opening one now if you prefer them young. highly recommended