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Tenuta San Guido Le Difese Tuscany 2018  - Invino

Tenuta San Guido Le Difese Tuscany 2018

Cabernet Blends  |  Italy

RV92, JS91, VN90, WS90, WE90

A blend of 70% cabernet sauvignon and 30% sangiovese from the estate, Le Difese is made in a fresher, more supple style than the intimidatingly structured flagship, Sassacaia. Offered up as something to quaff whilst the flagship ages in your underground cellar for a decade or more, don’t mistake this as lesser in any way. It is more graceful by design, with a focus on delicate floral notes, juicy and bright red cherries, fresh cedar, and anise. The palate ranges widely, chock full of complex berry and cherry notes, green olives, sanguine mineral notes and finishing touches of espresso and cardamom. The tannins are harmoniously integrated, the acidity lively, culminating in an altogether elegant take on the prototypical Maremma cabernet sauvignon.

Le Difese has been produced by Tenuta San Guido since 2002 as a Toscana IGT, while the estate holds the unique distinction of being the only DOC in all of Italy (named Bolgheri Sassicaia) contained within a single estate. This newer offering from what is arguably Tuscany’s most awarded estate is a worthy addition to any collection. This is Tuscan sunshine in a bottle, with a bit of tempestuousness from ocean-influenced cabernet. Only a handful of these cases are available, so grab ‘em while you can!

About the Producer

The Tenuta San Guido is a 7,500-acre estate located in the province of Livorno on the western coastal outskirts of Tuscany near the village of Bolgheri. Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta acquired it through his marriage to Clarice della Gherardesca in 1940. The legacy of Sassicaia began 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, called Castiglioncello after the 11th-century castle at the vineyard's upper edge. Le Difese has been produced by Tenuta San Guido since 2002 as a Toscana IGT.

92 Raffaele Vecchione, -
The sensory profile of this young red with "dark" tones is intense and intriguing. It opens gently in notes of black plums, blackberries and chopped dark chocolate. Medium-full body, juicy thanks to sweet tannins well blended in the matrix and a finish of pure gustatory beauty. Drink now.
91 James Suckling -
A medium-bodied red with plum and cherry character. Walnut and bark undertones. It’s creamy and savory at the finish. Drink now.
90 Vinous -
The 2018 Le Difese is a very pretty, understated wine. Crushed flowers, sweet red berries, dried herbs and a touch of spice bring out the more delicate side of Maremma Cabernet Sauvignon. Best of all, the 2018 will drink well right out of the gate.
90 Wine Spectator -
Evoking cherry, cedar, olive, iron, sanguine and tobacco flavors, this appealing red is firm and balanced, with a lingering, tangy finish of mineral and woodsy underbrush elements. Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. Drink now through 2024. 26,000 cases made, 2,500 cases imported.
90 Wine Enthusiast -
Aromas 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.

  • Blend70% Cabernet and 30% Sangiovese
  • CountryItaly
  • RegionTuscany
  • AppellationToscana
  • Alcohol14%