Le Difese Toscana IGT 2016

Tenuta San Guido

Le Difese Toscana IGT 2016 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

Wine Spectator

2016 vintage
90 Points

Wine Advocate

2016 vintage
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harvest note

The 2016 vintage is considered one of the best of the last decade. The year began with a rather rainy winter and low temperatures toward the end of the season, especially in February when rains and cold temperatures were below the seasonal average. In mid-April the rise of the temperatures caused an early sprouting of the vines. The early spring was characterized by an alternation of rainy and sunny days with temperatures slightly below the seasonal average until mid-June, when summer finally arrived with temperatures above 88 ° F. Summer days were quite hot but never dry thanks to the strong ventilation during the day and the very positive climate excursion between days and nights. Thanks to these factors and to the good water supply of the soils, vines did not suffer any water stress. Grapes were well distributed on the plants with an homogeneous size of the berries.

tasting note

Bright red with purple nuances. Crisp acidity and pleasant palate of every day wine drinking, with juicy red fruits . A very good wine that is meant to be enjoyed young.

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: 5.5 g/l
ABV: 13.5%
AGING: The wine was 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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