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2010 Le Difese de Sassicaia Tenuta San Guido

2010 Le Difese de Sassicaia Tenuta San Guido

Producer: Tenuta San Guido

Region: Italy > Bolgheri

Vintage: 2010

Type: Red

Grape varieties: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon

Drinking dates: 2015 - 2022

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Case size: 3x150cl Equiv. price per bottle incl. VAT £33.32

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Tasting Notes

Goedhuis, June 2012
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Sebastiano confidently states that this might be the best Difese they have ever made. Aromatic notes of red plums, strawberry, brown sugar and spice gently lift up from its tightly knit core. A more classically styled wine with notable density for the price, this needs another 6 months in order to reveal more layers and flesh. Excellent value.

Bolgheri

Swept away to the coastal and most westerly area of Tuscany, Bolgheri has become synonymous with wines known as ˜Super Tuscans'. Composed of classic Bordeaux varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc (intermixed with the occasional Sangiovese), the Super Tuscans began as mere experimentation in the 1960s and 70s. These international French varieties flourished in Bolgheri's warm, yet maritime climate which resulted in unexpected success and reknown. It is here that one finds such famous names as Ornellaia, Tignanello and Sassicaia.

Tenuta San Guido

The Original Super Tuscan, Sassicaia was created in the mid-1940s by the Marquis Mario Incisadella Rochetta, an aristocrat looking to reproduce his favourite wines of Bordeaux - a first in Italian viticulture. Noticeably distinct from the lighter styled wines of the region, the bold expression of Cabernet was not initially well received by the Italian drinking public. As a result, from 1948 to 1960, the wines were consumed only at the estate. The 1968 vintage marked its first commercial release.As Bordeaux blends grew in popularity over the years, Sassicaia was able to create a reputationunparalleled amongst its Super Tuscan peers. Recognising their unique terroir and exceptionalquality, they were even granted their own DOC in 1994 named accordingly, Bolgheri Sassicaia.Keeping these distinctions in mind, a winery of movie set proportions had been expected. Yet infact, it is superbly discrete and modest - reminiscent of a domaine in Burgundy or the Rhône.

Sangiovese / Cabernet Sauvignon

While the practice of blending Sangiovese with French varieties has its roots many centuries ago in Carmignano, this has more recently become a common practice throughout Tuscany and produces many of the region's most exceptional wines, such as Tignanello. A base of Sangiovese marries well with the distinctive fruit characteristics of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah, all of which thrive in the Tuscan climate and soil.

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