Producer: Tenuta San Guido
For several decades, the Bordeaux-style wine produced from that Cabernet Sauvignon, with some Cabernet Franc, was a strictly private treat. But when, in 1968, Sassicaia wine was finally released to the world, it revolutionised Italian wine, creating a new genre: the Super-Tuscan.
In 21st century Tenuta San Guido has pursued a number of new projects, including converting an old olive press into a new cantina and the production of two further wines: Guidalberto and Le Difese.
Tenuta San Guido Le Difese is named after the teeth of the wild boar which roam the Tuscan hills. Le Difese wine made of 30% Sangiovese and 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, which can be drunk young – in fact, immediately.
Le Difese offers a taste of the estate behind Sassicaia immediately on release. The wine offers bright, crunchy red cherries and damson, with a herbal lift of fennel and tea leaves and a hint of bonfire woodsmoke. It is fresh and enjoyable now, but the tannic framework will allow it to improve up another five years.
Food pairing: Grilled meat and veal, aged cheese