Tenuta San Guido Le Difese 2018
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.
|Brand||Tenuta San Guido|
Wine EnthusiastAromas of star anise, dark-skinned berry, wild herb and toasted oak form the nose. A blend of 70% Cabernet and 30% Sangiovese, the wine's bright, linear palate offers red currant, prune and a hint of licorice before a coffee-bean finish. Racy acidity and taut close-grained tannins provide the framework and tension.
VinousJust bottled, the 2018 Le Difese is very pretty, and also the most refined vintage I can remember tasting here. Fresh and light on its feet, the 2018 is truly delicious. It is also the first vintage of this wine that really is in line with the house style. Having the ability to make this wine in the Bolgheri property rather than at a remote facility represents a major step up for San Guido.