Tenuta San Guido Le Difese 2013


SKU 03469


The legacy of Tenuta San Guido and Sassicaia begins in 1944, when Mario Incisa acquired a number of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc vine cuttings and planted them on a sloping hillside of the San Guido estate. Since the late 1960s, the Sassicaia name has represented a standard of quality that is without compromise, coming from the Tenuta San Guido estate. Part of the quality control efforts of the estate include producing a second and third wine in addition to the Sassicaia. The second label would be the Guidalberto, affectionately known as a 'baby' Sassicaia, with higher Merlot content, and meant for earlier term drinking. The third label, rarely seen in the USA up until now, is this wine, called Le Difese. Made from younger vines of the Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon, Le Difese is made from 100% estate fruit, aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels and represents a benchmark of quality at a reasonable price.

'The buzz is back! Italy's most iconic wine estate - the ground zero for all fine wine made in the country today - has entered an exciting new chapter with a renewed sense of purpose. This change was not sparked by any single event, rather a confluence of events starting with a fortuitous string of great vintages. Driving his Jeep through his vineyards, with all those little Jack Russell heads straining through the open windows, Marchese Nicolo Incisa della Rocchetta has good reason to smile. Much of coastal Tuscany once served as a giant hunting reserve for Florentine nobility.' Wine Advocate
Category Red Wine
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Brand Tenuta San Guido
Alcohol/vol 13.5%
  • we91

Wine EnthusiastThis fresh, savory blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Sangiovese offers a bouquet of blue flowers, cedar, wild berry and light cooking spices. The vibrant, focused palate doles out juicy wild cherry, ripe red currants and white pepper alongside silky smooth tannins and bright acidity. Drink through 2020.

Kerin O'Keefe, August 1, 2015
  • wa90

Wine AdvocateCabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese make up the 2013 Le Difese. The wine opens to a garnet hue and medium consistency. It's easy-drinking style is reinforced by bright berry flavors of blueberry and cassis followed by sour cherry and cranberry. This vintage is slightly thornier and more acidic than the warmer vintages that precede it. It also shows an extra touch of elegance and persistency. The wine is silky and tight on the close with a long sense of berry freshness that keeps it alive on the palate.

Monica Larner, June 2015
  • ws89

Wine SpectatorRound and smooth, exhibiting cherry and herb flavors in a straightforward way, with moderate lenght. This is balanced and ready to enjoy. Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. Drink now through 2018. 28,000 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson, October 31, 2015