Le Difese, Tenuta San Guido, IGT Toscana, Tuscany, Italy, 2020
Grapes: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon & 55% Sangiovese, hand picked, aged 8 months in mostly used French oak barrels
Tenuta San Guido is most well known as the producer of "Sassicaia" in Bolgheri on the Tuscan coast. "Le Difese" is their third wine, which was first made in 2002. The 2020 vintage uses a higher than normal proportion of Sangiovese in the blend due to the high quality of the fruit produced this year.
Critics' Tasting Notes:
"Tenuta San Guido's entry-level red is the 2020 Le Difese. This blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 55% Sangiovese shows hints of ripe fruit and cherry with wild plum, redcurrant and bitter almond. That element of Sangiovese adds some floral intensity too, which comes across as lilac root or dried violet. That said, you definitely feel the softness and sweetness of the hot-vintage fruit."
88/100 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, July 2022
"The bright ruby red colour with warm purple tones of Le Difese 2020 is truly captivating and pronounced. The notes of geraniums blend well with scents of cherries, prunes, cassis and wild myrtle. Medium bodied, tannins perfectly mature on the palate and an agile finale, well supported by an honest, fresh acidity. A dynamic and fulfilling expression of Le Difese. Drink now."
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