Le Difese Toscana IGT 2014

Tenuta San Guido

Le Difese Toscana IGT 2014 play

Region: Italy / Tuscany
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.

90 Points

Tasting Panel

2014 vintage
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harvest note

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.

tasting note

Juicy, soft and fresh, this versatile and charming wine shows great richness on the palate, which makes it very easy to drink.

food pairing

Pair with grilled steak or steak salad, hamburgers and other casual but flavorful beef dishes. Has good acidity to compliment marinara and bolognese sauces.

technical data

GRAPES: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Sangiovese
APPELLATION: Tuscany IGT
PH: 3.45
ACIDITY: 6.00 g/l
ABV: 13%
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 +
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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.


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