2018 Tenuta San Guido Le Difese

Year: 2018
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 88
Vinous Media: 90
James Suckling: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"Evoking cherry, cedar, olive, iron, sanguine and tobacco flavors, this appealing red is firm and balanced, with a lingering, tangy finish of mineral and woodsy underbrush elements. Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. Drink now through 2024. 26,000 cases made, 2,500 cases imported. -BS" (WS)

"This is the entry-level wine from Tenuta San Guido that may (or may not) give us an idea of the fruit character to be found in next year's Bolgheri releases from the same vintage. A big production of 321,000 bottles, the 2018 Le Difese is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon brightened up with a quarter or a third Sangiovese. The wine opens to mid-weight intensity with some leathery or dried tobacco-like notes that give the wine a rather sultry or savory first impression. With a little extra prodding, it starts to offer plummy dark fruit and dried blackberry, something you can serve with a traditional pappardelle alle lepre." (WA)

"Just bottled, the 2018 Le Difese is very pretty, and also the most refined vintage I can remember tasting here. Fresh and light on its feet, the 2018 is truly delicious. It is also the first vintage of this wine that really is in line with the house style. Having the ability to make this wine in the Bolgheri property rather than at a remote facility represents a major step up for San Guido. " (VM)

"A medium-bodied red with plum and cherry character. Walnut and bark undertones. It’s creamy and savory at the finish. Drink now." (JS)

"Aromas of star anise, dark-skinned berry, wild herb and toasted oak form 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. -Kerin O’Keefe" (WE)

Winery Notes:
Le Difese (Toscana IGT) is produced by Tenuta San Guido since 2003.

It is a 70% Cabernet and 30% Sangiovese blend.

Fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats at controlled temperature and maceration lasts for about 12 days for both the Cabernet Sauvignon to the Sangiovese. It is then aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels and for a further three months in the bottle.

The wine is distinguished by a good structure and is extremely supple making it very pleasant and drinkable.