Le Difese is one of the little brothers of Sassicaia and was first produced in 2003. Made with 70% Cabernet and 30% Sangiovese, it is aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels previously used for Guidalberto and Sassicaia and a further three months in bottle. The aim is to produce a Super Tuscan wine with good structure and extremely supple tannins.
Vibrant red and black berry fruits with violet and herbal notes. Good structure on the palate with round tannin and good length.
Very aromatic and bright with strawberry, cherry and currant character. Hints of oranges. Full-bodied, linear and tight, showing ultra-fine tannins. Potential here- 92.5 pts James Suckling
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese, the 2016 Le Difese shows a more evident touch of ripe fruit that you don't perceive in the Guidalberto, which makes me think it comes from the Sangiovese component that is only used in this wine. The overall effect of that ripeness is that it downplays the wine's inner complexity. But this entry-level red from Tenuta San Guido was never aiming for huge complexity to begin with. Dark cherry and cherry is followed by wild strawberry and tangy rose hip. This wine happily delivers on its promises of freshness and accessibility- 90 pts Monica Larner, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate