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Ready-to-Drink, Silky 2017 Le Difese, Sassicaia’s Baby Brother
February 4, 2020
A Note from Sergio

It's hard to remember a wine world where Super Tuscans were absent, but it wasn't very long ago. When Tenuta San Guido released its inaugural 1968 Sassicaia, the Super-Tuscan genre was born, and the world forever chaged. Sassicaia, a long-aging wine of great sophistication and grace, set the standard for Super Tuscans, and it quickly became one of the most sought-after wines in the world. But Tenuta San Guido continued to tinker with its ideas of what made a Bordeaux-style blend, and the winery created Guidalberto, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, in 2000 and Le Difese, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese, a couple of years later. Every great flagship deserves a superb second, and, in the case of Le Difese, a terrific third.

Today, I'm happy to announce that IWM has a new allocation of the outstanding 2017 Le Difese, a wine I can't seem to keep in stock. Le Difese is delicious--in fact, it's so delicious that Tenuta San Guido sells most of its output to local restaurants. Perfect for now, even better in a year or two down the road, today's Le Difese won't quit. Tenuta San Guido makes this entry-level wine with the same care (and even ages it in the same barrels) as it does its big-ticket Sassicaia, and it's a wine that Super-Tuscan insiders love. My recommendation is to buy the '17 Le Difese by the case or half-case, because as soon as you finish one bottle, your guests are going to want to open a second.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: In-Stock-Now, the "Very Special" 2017 Le Difese
2. Wine Events: Upcoming February Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito
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Tenuta San Guido Le Difese 2017 750ml
Tenuta San Guido Le Difese 2017 750ml
Price: $29.99

Ready-to-drink upon release, the sappy ’17 Le Difese is a delicious, open-knit treat! Juicy red and blue fruits layer with fresh loam, baking spices, crushed herbs, and touches of underbrush, dried cherries, and cigar wrapper in the silky, aromatic ’17 Le Difese. Fine-grained tannins cling to the cheeks as the wine’s kinetic acidity powers it to a lingering, precise and food-friendly finish. The third label of Tenuta San Guido, the pioneering Super-Tuscan estate that transformed Italian winemaking in the late '60s, Le Difese provides a rare opportunity to experience a taste of the legendary Sassicaia for just $30. A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Sangiovese grown in limestone-rich soils, Le Difese ferments in temperature-controlled stainless steel and ages for eight months in oak barrels that previously aged the estate’s Sassicaia and Guidalberto. more info