2018 Tenuta San Guido Incisa della Rocchetta
|Grapes||Sangiovese, Cab Sauv|
The 2018 Le Difese is a very pretty, understated wine. Crushed flowers, sweet red berries, dried herbs and a touch of spice bring out the more delicate side of Maremma Cabernet Sauvignon. Best of all, the 2018 will drink well right out of the gate. Drinking range: 2020 - 2026 Rating: 90 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Jan 2021)
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70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Sangiovese. Cabernet used is the remainder after blending Sassicaia and Guidalberto, plus some bought-in fruit. Sangiovese is also bought in, with the total non-estate fruit comprising around 50%. Bumptious, ripe red cherry and raspberry, with a lick of dried herb, old leather and a nutty touch, suggesting a forward fruity wine, but the palate is actually leaner than that. Fresh and mid weight. Fair length. Drinking range: 2020 - 2023 Rating: 15.5 Tim Jackson MW, www.jancisrobinson.com (Mar 2020)
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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