2016 Tenuta San Guido Incisa della Rocchetta
|Grapes||Sangiovese, Cab Sauv|
Notes of plum, blackberry and gentle herb note, aromatic with a touch of blueberry and menthol. Nice grip on the palate, dark fruit core, some earthiness, aromatic again, herb and touch of tobacco. Drinking range: 2018 - 2025 L&S (Apr 2018)
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Just mid ruby. Light but persistent cherry fruit palate with quite a big load of powdery tannins. Drinking range: 2018 - 2022 Rating: 16 Walter Speller, www.jancisrobinson.com (May 2018)
The 2016 Le Difese is fresh, floral and fruity, with lovely red berry, rose petal and spice character. Drink this gracious, mid-weight Tuscan red over the next few years. Drinking range: 2018 - 2023 Rating: 88 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Apr 2018)
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. Drinking range: 2018 - 2022 Rating: 90 Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (www.robertparker.com) (Feb 2018)
Very aromatic and bright with strawberry, cherry and currant character. Hints of oranges. Full-bodied, linear and tight, showing ultra-fine tannins. Potential here. Rating: 92-93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Feb 2018)
Tenuta San Guido Incisa della Rocchetta
Sassicaia is the only single estate wine in Italy with its own appellation - Bolgheri Sassicaia. It was the original "Super Tuscan" and is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc, aged for 24 months in French barriques, of which these days ony 20% are new. Mario Incisa della Rochetta, part of a grand old Italian family who's roots extend back to the Renaissance and beyond, and cousin of the Antinoris, married Clarice della Gherardesca in 1930 and with his wife came some land in Bolgheri. The story of Sassicaia was just beginning. Mario dreamed of making a wine like the grand vins of Bordeaux and, noticing a similarity between his Bolgheri vineyards and those of the Graves, decided to plant some Cabernet Sauvignon. In the early years the wine was just for consumption on the estate and was not always well appreciated. Fortunately, a few cases were put away to age with each vintage and, once time had worked its magic, it became clear that these were wines that only truly showed their majesty with a few years in bottle. The first vintage released for commercial sale was the 1968 and it transformed Tuscan wine and has given rise to a host of imitators and rivals. Sassicaia is now revered, not only as one of the best wines in Italy, but as one of the best wines in the world.
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