Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese
75cl * 14% ABV * Tuscany, Italy
Tenuta San Guido is located on the Tyrrhenian coast in Maremma (Bolgheri). The estate is primarily known for Sassicaia, the wine that started the super-Tuscan movement. Sassicaia was the sole label produced by Tenuta San Guido until 2000, when Guidalberto was introduced. In 2002, a third label in the form of Le Difese was added to the range.
This Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese blend has taken on a slightly different identity in its 2021 form, with Sangiovese dominating for the first time. A fruit-forward, suave and fantastically drinkable red, red cherries, strawberries and blood orange notes wafting from the glass. Supple and juicy, it is just the thing for everyday Tuscan fare.
Drink to 2033.
"Le Difese in 2021 sports a majority of Sangiovese – 55% – in a break from the traditional 70/30 split in favour of Cabernet Sauvignon. Third-generation at Tenuta San Guido, Priscilla Incisa della Rocchetta, explained that this decision was made to enhance the wine's 'local Tuscan' character, and to improve its drinkability early on as 'a first step into the Tenuta San Guido world.' While the Cabernet is grown on the estate, the Sangiovese is sourced, as always, from long–term partners based in Chianti Rufina. Bright, incredibly vibrant red, black and blue fruits introduce subtle, finely grained tannins with notes of wood and chocolate. It's at once juicy, tangy and crunchy, with good ripeness and great acidity." 91 points, James Button (Feb 2023) Part of Decanter Magaziner's First taste: Sassicaia 2020