Tenuta San Guido Le Difese 2015


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%
  • js92

James SucklingA round and delicious wine with bright fruit and fine tannins. Medium body, lovely flavors and a fresh finish. Blend of cabernet sauvignon and sangiovese.

  • ws90

Wine SpectatorDense and taut, with black currant, wild herb and earthy notes. The tannins are rustic, yet there is a lot of sweet fruit. Finishes long. Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. Best from 2018 through 2024. 26,000 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson, July 31, 2017
  • wa88

Wine AdvocateThe 2015 Le Difese (Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese) offers a smooth and symmetrical interpretation of the vintage with bright fruit flavors of forest berry and wild cherry backed by mild spice and grilled herb. This is an informal and moderately concentrated effort that sports fresh appeal and good acidity. It would make a great pairing partner to a hearty home-cooked pasta dish.

Monica Larner, April 28, 2017