Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon 70%, Sangiovese 30%
Region: Italy / Toscana IGT
Type: Full-bodied red wine
Soil: Limestone areas rich in clay and stones.
Harvest: Strictly manual.
Vinification: Pressing and soft crushing of grapes. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature and without adding external yeasts. Maceration on the skins for 10-13 days for the Cabernet Sauvignon and for approximately 13-15 days for Sangiovese, with later phases of pumping and delastage. The malolactic fermentation is always in stainless steel tanks.
Aging: At the end of the malolactic fermentation, the wine is aged for 12 months in oak barriques. It then spends 3 months in bottle before the release.
Color: Bright red with purple nuances.
Nose: Very aromatic and bright with strawberry, cherry and currant character.
Palate: Velvety tannins and juicy red and black berry flavors, full body.
Food pairing: Grilled red meat, hamburgers, pasta with bolognese sauce.
Very aromatic and bright with strawberry, cherry and currant character. Hints of oranges. Full-bodied, linear and tight, showing ultra-fine tannins. Potential here.
Made with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Sangiovese, this offers enticing aromas of black-skinned berry, iris and cedar. The savory, balanced palate delivers red currant, dried black cherry, star anise and white pepper alongside finegrained tannins. Drink through 2023.
The long, moderate 2016 growing season produced a voluptuous Guidalberto, with velvety tannins and juicy red and black berry flavors. It has no hard edges at all, just ripe fruit flavors and warm earthy tones that emanate an inner energy and freshness. Layered and complex already, this wine has a long life ahead.
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.
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