Tenuta San Guido Le Difese Toscana 2018
Tenuta San Guido Le Difese Toscana is distinguished by a good structure and is extremely supple, making it very pleasant and easy to drink. This fresh savoury blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Sangiovese offers a bouquet of flowers, cedar, wild berry and light cooking spice. The vibrant, focused palate brings out the wild cherry, red currant and white pepper flavours. Its silky smooth tannins and bright acidity gives it a nice balance that glides down your throat.
Long and caressing. The third wine of Sassicaia. Why wait on this one? Drink now.
The vines are grown in soils with various and composite morphological characteristcs with a strong presence of calcareous areas rich in marl and pebbles and partially clayey, they’re located at an altitude between 100 and 300 m above sea level, facing South / South West.
After a rather mild autum, with temperatures often above the seasonal norm, the icy winds from Siberia led to snowing in the Bolgheri area twice in February. This is a situation that had no occurred for many years, but it helped natural eliminate vine pests and also feeding the water reserves of the subsoil. The first week of March saw a rise in temperature but was immediately followed by further cold waves. The germination of the vines was delayed. In Spring, the vegetation was excellent, followed by sporadic rainfall alternating with sunny days, creating a favourable condition, allowing the completion of the phases of flowering and fruit set under the best conditions. The temperature in summer went up, delaying the ripening of the grapes. The production was slightly lower than average but of excellent quality, the grapes were well-ripened and aromatic with low sugar. The result was a balanced must, adequately sapid with perfect harmony between the structure and the acidity of the wine.
The grapes were carefully selected by hand by the bunches. The grapes were destemmed and soft pressed. Primary fermentation was done in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature of 29 – 30°C without the addition of external yeasts. Maceration on the skins for 12 – 15 days for the Cabernet Sauvignon and about 15 – 18 days for the Sangiovese, with subsequent phases of pumping over and deléstage to soften and refine the tannins. Malolactic fermentation was carried out in steel and concluded in mid-November. At the end of malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged for about 8 months in French oak barriques of third passage previously used for Sassicaia.
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AWARDS & ACCOLADES
A medium-bodied red with plum and cherry character. Walnut and bark undertones. It’s creamy and savory at the finish. Drink now.
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. Drinking window: 2020 – 2026.
– 90 Points
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.