Le Difese Toscana IGT 2017

Tenuta San Guido

Le Difese Toscana IGT 2017 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 Enthusiast

2017 vintage
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harvest note

A very hot year that will probably be remembered as one of the driest after 2003. Although the autumn started with rains and temperatures above the seasonal average, December and January were very cold with freezing temperatures during the day, accentuated by strong northern winds and no rain. The cold temperatures contributed to the natural elimination of pests and fungal diseases of the vine. The low rainfall of the winter season was not enough to supply the water resources of the subsoil. Summer months were characterized by sunny days and hot temperatures. Fortunately, the daytime sea breezes, alternating with nocturnal winds coming from inland, brought refreshment to the vines. This prevented them from suffering the lack of water or thermal stress. The veraison began in mid-July and the climatic trend anticipated the maturation of the grapes. Thanks to the cooler temperatures, the grapes could nicely developed the aromatic component in their phenolic maturation. Healthy, crunchy and well-ripened grapes produced musts that are not excessively rich in structure, considering what was expected from this vintage.

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: 3.52
ACIDITY: 5.2 g/l
ABV: 13.5%
AGING: At the end of the malolactic fermentation the wine has been aged for about 8 months in oak barriques.
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.22 g/l

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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