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Toscana IGT “Le Difese” 2018 – Tenuta San Guido

Full Body Red

Le Difese has a valuable intense ruby red color. On the nose there are nuances of red fruit, such as black currant, blackberry and cherry, aromas of chocolate and aromatic herbaceous notes. On the palate it reveals an excellent structure with extreme softness, making it pleasant and fresh to drink. Persuasive and elegant, the roundness worthily accompanies the refined strength it expresses when tasting.

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Characteristics & Details


Grape Variety

Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese






Wine Region

Sub Region

About this wine

To produce the Toscana IGT “Le Difese” Tenuta San Guido fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats at controlled temperature. Maceration lasts for about 12 days for both the Cabernet Sauvignon to the Sangiovese. The wine is then aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels and for a further three months in the bottle. Le Difese di Tenuta San Guido is a red wine that contaminates the local soul of the Sangiovese grape, with the Bordeaux reminder of Cabernet Sauvignon, masterfully bred in the Bolgheri area from the noble cellar, on soils with a strong presence of limestone areas rich in marl, stony and partially clayey, up to 300 meters above sea level. The name of Tenuta San Guido is inextricably linked to the origins of a famous wine, considered one of the best wines in the world, Sassicaia. The story of Sassicaia begins in the 1940s when Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta experimented with crafting a top Bordeaux-style red on his wife’s Tuscan estate in the then little-known region of Bolgheri. He set out to create his own Tuscan interpretation of Bordeaux, planting Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc in the vineyard he named “Sassicaia” or “place of many stones”. The result of his experiment was a runaway success, and Sassicaia quickly became known as one of Tuscany’s finest wines. In addition to the famous Sassicaia wine, Tenuta San Guido also produces two other labels: “Guidalberto”, made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes and “Le Difese”, an IGT made from Cabernet and Sangiovese. With a production that reaches an average of 800 thousand bottles per year, Tenuta San Guido must be given much of the credit for which the Bolgheri area is enjoying international success.

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