"I Sodi" refers to land that is difficult to till and must be harvested by hand, "di San Niccolo" refers to an abandoned church on the Castellare property. This wine was created with the goal of demonstrating that the native grapes of the region could produce a wine of the highest international standards without the aid of varietals outside of the Chianti tradition. The goal has been achieved as I Sodi is consistently ranked in the top 100 wines internationally.
"The 2000 I Sodi di San Niccolo is the estate's best Sangiovese, rich and ample and with important notes of red currants, leather, and Mediterranean brush. Its density and solidity promise another dozen years of good drinking ahead."
-The Wine Advocate