Grapes: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Sangiovese
Fruit for Le Difese is selected from Tenuta San Guido estate’s younger vines. Fermentation for both varieties took place on the skins in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats for 12 days. The wine was matured for 12 months in second hand oak barrels.
Tasting Panel2014 vintage
Unusual vintage compared to other wine areas. Precipitations have been scarce as opposed to other parts of Italy. The long and slow ripening of the grapes helped positively the phenolic ripening of the grapes resulting in distinctive aromas and spiciness of the wines. The winter was quite mild with frequent rains while the spring started late. The heat of May favored a good budding. The summer was warm until the end of July. In the month of august the temperatures were lower than the seasonal average. The maturation was therefore delayed but nonetheless was carried out gradually and slowly. This favored aromatic extraction. The late summer rains did not harm the grapes that were well protected by careful agronomic operations. As a result of slow maturation and favorable climatic conditions the wines appear to be harmonious with moderate alcohol content. The remarkably elegant style reflects the philosophy of Tenuta San Guido. Harvest: The harvest begun during the first week of September with Merlot and continued from late September to late October with Cabernet Sauvignon. The hand-picked grapes arrived in the cellar healthy, crunchy, with a homogeneous maturation and a spicy aroma. The Sangiovese grapes were harvested in the second week of October.
Juicy, soft and fresh, this versatile and charming wine shows great richness on the palate, which makes it very easy to drink.
Pair with grilled steak or steak salad, hamburgers and other casual but flavorful beef dishes. Has good acidity to compliment marinara and bolognese sauces.
GRAPES: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Sangiovese
APPELLATION: Tuscany IGT
ACIDITY: 6.00 g/l
AGING: Matured for 12 months in second hand oak barrels.
points of distinction
- A benchmark of quality at an affordable price.
- A mini Super Tuscan—shares a pedigree with Sassicaia.
- Matured for 12 months in oak barrels
about the grape +
Cabernet Sauvignon is adaptable to various growing conditions, and is known for its low yield and late ripeness. It generally produces full-bodied wines with substantial acidity and tannins.
Sangiovese has aromas of black cherries with alluring wood, smoke, tar and herbal notes. The best wines made from this grape have incredible complexity, depth, finesse and power.
The overwhelming success of Sassicaia, and now the introduction of two new wines, traces back to the ambition of Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta to plant Bordeaux varieties in Tuscany in the 1940s.