Tenuta San Guido Le difese 2020/ #11433848
The finesse and aromatic richness of a Tuscan red wine
Tenuta San Guido is a point of reference for the great wines of Tuscany, located between Livorno and Grosseto, born from the marriage between the Marquis Mario Incisa della Rocchetta and Clarice della Gherardesca. In 1942, Mario decided to plant Cabernet Sauvignon vines in this area of Tuscany, thus signing the birth of Sassicaia a few years later. In 1983, Tenuta San Guido became the first estate in Italy to receive its own denomination with the consecration of the Bolgheri DOC in 1983.
Produced since 2002, Tenuta San Guido's Difese 2020 is a Tuscan IGT wine obtained from vineyards planted on a mosaic of soils composed of limestone, stones, pebbles and partly clay. Located between 100 and 300 meters above sea level, these vineyards have a west/south-west exposure.
Autumn and early winter were characterized by high humidity and temperatures that alternated between mild and cool. The mildness of spring favored early budding in the vineyard. The drop in temperatures and the frosts recorded at the end of March did not have an excessive impact on the vineyard. Although the appearance of secondary buds led to a decline in yields, the quality and concentration were better. From mid-June onwards, sunny, hot and dry days settled in without consequences for the vineyard thanks to the sufficient water reserves. Despite the lower yields, the quality is excellent.
Vinification and ageing
The grapes are hand-picked and hand-selected before being delicately de-stemmed. Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Maceration in contact with the skins for 13-18 days depending on the grape variety, with frequent pumping over and decanting to ensure optimal extraction. Malolactic fermentation in steel vats. Aged for 8 months in French and American oak barrels of 2 and 3 wines (barrels used for the Guidalberto cuvée).
Cabernet Sauvignon (45%)
Characteristics and tasting notes for Tenuta San Guido Le Difese 2020
Dense and structured, this Tuscan wine reveals soft tannins and an aromatic framework of great complexity.
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