Tenuta San Guido Le Difese Toscana 2021

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Vintage: 2021
  • DEC 91
  • VIN 91
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    In the heart of Tuscany, where tradition and innovation dance harmoniously, Tenuta San Guido presents its 2021 Le Difese, a testament to the region’s rich winemaking heritage. Breaking from the usual 70/30 Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese blend, this vintage takes a daring 55% Sangiovese approach. Priscilla Incisa della Rocchetta, the third-generation steward of Tenuta San Guido, made this choice to enhance the wine’s local Tuscan character and ensure its early drinkability, providing a welcoming entry into the world of Tenuta San Guido.

    In the glass, the Le Difese 2021 is a vibrant, vivacious red, immediately catching the eye. It exudes an alluring bouquet of crushed red berries, rose petals, lavender, spice, and sweet pipe tobacco. This wine, as Vinous notes with 91 points, is medium-bodied and wonderfully layered, showcasing an impeccable balance. It possesses a classic charm and an energy driven by the Sangiovese, making it a true embodiment of Tuscan tradition.

    Decanter, awarding 91 points, praises the wine for its bright, vibrant array of red, black, and blue fruits. The tannins, finely grained, complement notes of wood and chocolate. Le Difese 2021 is a juicy, tangy, and crunchy delight, with a perfect interplay of ripeness and acidity. It’s a true reflection of Tenuta San Guido’s mastery in crafting wines that beautifully encapsulate the spirit of the land.

    Le Difese Toscana 2021, with its nod to local character and the elegance of its roots, stands as a remarkable testament to the winemaking prowess of Carlo Paoli and Tenuta San Guido. This wine is a vibrant celebration of Tuscany’s enduring charm and a promise of enjoyment for years to come.

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    Critical Acclaim

    DEC 91
    Decanter
    Le Difese in 2021 sports a majority of Sangiovese – 55% – in a break from the traditional 70/30 split in favour of Cabernet Sauvignon. Third-generation at Tenuta San Guido, Priscilla Incisa della Rocchetta, explained that this decision was made to enhance the wine's 'local Tuscan' character, and to improve its drinkability early on as 'a first step into the Tenuta San Guido world.' While the Cabernet is grown on the estate, the Sangiovese is sourced, as always, from long–term partners based in Chianti Rufina. Bright, incredibly vibrant red, black and blue fruits introduce subtle, finely grained tannins with notes of wood and chocolate. It's at once juicy, tangy and crunchy, with good ripeness and great acidity. Matured for eight months in used barriques. (JB)
    VIN 91
    Vinous
    The 2021 Le Difese is redolent of crushed red berry fruit, rose petal, lavender, spice and sweet pipe tobacco. Medium in body yet nicely layered, the 2021 is impeccably balanced. It is also a sheer delight to taste at this early stage. In many vintages, Le Difese is a fruity, forward wine, but the 2021 has a nervy feeling of classicism that is hugely appealing. It's one of my favorite recent vintages. As it has been for some time, Le Difese is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon from the estate and Sangiovese purchased from several properties in Chianti Classico, with the energy of Sangiovese very much driving the feel in this vintage. (AG)

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