Tenuta San Guido Le Difese 2021
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PRODUCER: Tenuta San Guido is an Italian wine producer in the Bolgheri, Toscana known as a producer of "Super Tuscan" wines. It produces Sassicaia, a Bordeaux-style red wine.The estate also produces a second wine Guidalberto, and a third wine Le Difese. Tenuta San Guido is member of the Primum Familiean Vini.
WINEMAKING: Careful selection and sorting of the bunches by hand. Soft destemming of the grapes. Primary fermentation took place in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature (27-28°C). Maceration on the skins for 13-15 days for the Cabernet Sauvignon and for about 14-18 days for the Sangiovese, with successive phases of pumping over and frequent deléstage to stimulate aromatic extraction and soften the tannins. Malolactic fermentation was carried out in steel and concluded towards the end of November. At the end of the malolactic fermentation, the wine remains in steel for about 3-4 months and temperatures are kept around 10 ° C. Periodic decanting is carried out to eliminate the sediments. The wine then undergoes an ageing in wood, with French oak barriques previously used for Sassicaia and Guidalberto, for an average period ranging from 6 to 8 months. At the end of the ageing period in wood, the wine returns to the steel tanks, where the temperature is stabilized for about 20 days at around 4-5 ° C for the necessary tartaric stabilization, before bottling.
TASTING NOTE: A good structure but harmonious and fruity at the same time. The wines are pleasant with a non-invasive structure, a good balance of acidity and density, and soft and well-integrated tannins. Beautiful spiciness. Le Difese takes its name from the teeth of the wild boar, depicted in gold on the label.