For those of you who love Super Tuscan wines but don't want to pay an arm and a leg in the process, the 2018 Le Difese is the wine for you! From the heralded Tenuta San Guido the Le Difese is the 3rd label from this Italian Superstar. Known for producing one of the best Super Tuscans on the market, Sassicaia ($300 SRP) Tenuta San Guido maintains the same care and attention in all of their wines produced at this historic estate. You don't have $200+ a bottle for an outstanding Super Tuscan. Try the 2018 Le Difese and you'll feel the magic of enchanting green hills of one of Italy's most beloved regions!
Mario Incisa della Rocchetta started a home wine project in 1948. In the 1970's Marios son, Nicolo, and his nephew, Piero Antinori, started to commercialize the wine. In 1978, Decanter held a wine competition of great clarets of the world, and Sassicaia took first place. A star was born and the image of Bolgheri as an important producer of Bordeaux varietals in western Tuscany was confirmed. The name Sassicaia comes from "Sasso" which means "rocky field". In 2013, Sassicaia was awarded its own DOC. It is the only single, private estate in Italy to have such a prestigious designation.
The grapes are carefully hand-selected then destemmed and gently pressed. Temperature controlled fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats. The juice undergoes a 12-18 day maceration, with subsequent pump-overs and deléstage to soften and refine the tannins. Malolactic fermentation is carried out in steel and finishes in mid-November.
Aging: 8 Months in French Barrique
Tasting Notes: Red Wine. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Sangiovese.
A medium-bodied red with plum and cherry character. Walnut and bark undertones. It’s creamy and savory at the finish. Drink now. ~91 James Suckling
Aromas of star anise, dark-skinned berry, wild herb, and toasted oak from the nose. A blend of 70% Cabernet and 30% Sangiovese, the wine’s bright, linear palate offers red currant, prune, and a hint of licorice before a coffee-bean finish. Racy acidity and taut close-grained tannins provide the framework and tension. ~90 Wine Enthusiast
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