Tenuta San Guido is the winery behind one of the Italian wines considered to be in the top echelon of Cabernet-based wine in the world, Sassicaia. Based in Tuscany, where Sangiovese is key grape, Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta decided he wanted to make wine from Bordeaux varietals, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon. From 1948 until 1968 this wine was just drunk at the winery, but upon general release it was immediately venerated as the ground breaking Italian wine. Sassicaia though is based on Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, and therefore takes time develop. Thus the winery decided to develop other wines for earlier drinking. Le Difese was first released in 2002, this blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Sangiovese was developed not only for earlier drinking, but to explore how the winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon would work with Sangiovese. The Sangiovese is bought in from trusted local producers in the local area.
The wine is distinguished by a good structure but with supple juicy red fruit making it very pleasant and moreish.