DO NOT MISS THIS OFFER - you will regret it!
Happy Fall everyone. I guess not technically Fall but sure feels like it in NYC. To get the world jump-started we are OFFERING BABY SASSICAIA - 2016 LE DIFESE with 2 extra years of bottle age WELL BELOW THE NORMAL PRICE. 2016 is the best vintage ever and most people will only be able to get the 2017 or 2018 Le Difese which isn't NEARLY as good and is MORE EXPENSIVE. We have championed Sassicaia's Le Difese for a decade as one of the great “deals” among the Super Tuscan set and the 2016 vintage is EPIC. If you need an everyday wine with BLUE CHIP pedigree this is stellar and you NEVER see it below $30 here. This wine is a smash hit amongst Vintners loyalists.
"The 2016 Le Difese is a gorgeous entry-level wine from Tenuta San Guido. A lovely sense of translucence runs through the black cherry, plum, lavender and mint flavors. I can't remember a Difese with this much sheer finesse and class." 91 POINTS. -- Antonio Galloni
Tenuta San Guido Le Difese 2016 $35 PER BOTTLE
6-PACK PRICE - $180 ($30 PER BOTTLE)
12-PACK PRICE - $336 ($28 PER BOTTLE)
in STOCK and ready for delivery
Tenuta San Guido is iconic in the world of fine wine for pioneering the Super Tuscan movement with its Cabernet-based wine called Sassicaia, now one of the most sought-after and regal wines in the world. Le Difese is the estate’s answer to daily drinking wine and having enjoyed every vintage since its debut in 2003, this Cabernet-driven baby Sassicaia is an epic value as the wine gets better every year. Many of the vines used to produce Le Difese are simply the young vines that in a decade will become the same raw material for Sassicaia.
Guess what? Le Difese is less than $30 while Sassicaia 2016 is trading at nearly $300!!! What I love about this amazing wine is the consistency and value that Tenuta San Guido delivers each and every year. I have always believed that quality wine comes from all over the world, brought to us by winemakers who consistently make judicious decisions, from the vineyard to the bottle. This wine is a fantastic example. We originally offered our first shipment of this in January and it sold out almost immediately so know for sure that this will sell quickly at this incredible price!
A Wine's Quality Is Determined In The Glass.
Shane Benson | Owner | New York Vintners
How Le Difese Is Made
Le Difese (Toscana IGT) is produced by Tenuta San Guido since 2003. It is a 70% Cabernet and 30% Sangiovese blend, aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels and for a further three months in the bottle.
The wine is distinguished by a good structure and is extremely supple making it very pleasant and drinkable.
The Story Begins…
The unlikely story of Tenuta San Guido begins with the love of a grape, Cabernet Sauvignon, and the devotion to one day see it flourish in Italy. It was 1840 in Piemonte, and a nobleman by the name of Marchesi di Leopoldo Incisa della Rocchetta found himself partially paralyzed at the age of 48, due to an unfortunate illness. The Marchesi was a man of many passions, and on his estate along the Tanaro river in Piemonte he envisioned the great European wine Bordeaux living on his native soils. In order to satisfy these aristocratic cravings, he began a treatise, first in 1862, then again in 1869, in which he was the very first to delineate Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc as grapes which could potentially flourish in the rocky soils of Italy. This was the first mention of these grapes and the idea of a Bordeaux-wine made exclusively in Italy began its long gestation in the minds and hearts of the Incisa della Rochetta family.
Two generations later, his grandson Mario Incisa della Rochetta was a young student at the University of Pisa. There he had the same dream his father had many years before, to make a wine to rival the great Bordeaux produced across the mountains. Years later, living as a nobleman in Piemonte, he owned and operated one of the most celebrated racing stables in the country, Dormello Ogliata, home to arguably the greatest horse ever sired, Ribot. Mario had discovered the equestrian life after his return from the war and it turned out to be of enormous profit. However, in 1943 Mario and his wife, Claice Della Gherardesca, packed up and moved to an estate she had inherited on the Tuscan coast, presumably to avoid the political upheaval during the armistice of that year. During this time, Mario devoted himself to revitalizing the agricultural portion of the property and the dream he had in Pisa years ago began to slowly materialize.
DOC: A Birthright
He finally planted his first Cabernet Sauvignon vines in 1944. This was the very first time Cabernet had graced the soils of Italy. His first planting was unsuccessful for various reasons. It was the second which flourished, this time in the farmland of Sassicaia, known more for its chestnut trees and olives than grape vines. The farmland had been left unattended for years and grown too wild for modern viticulture. Mario worked intently on revitalizing the land and with the help of his nephew, trained in Oenology at Lousanne in France, began bottling his Bordeaux-inspired wines in the late 1960's.
Mario passed on in 1988, leaving the property and stables to his son Nicolo. He had died before experiencing one of the single greatest achievements in Italian wine history: In 1994, the area of Bolgheri was elevated to DOC status, the place where Tenuta San Guido had started it all, with a grape not of Italian origin!! No other region in the world has had a rise so quickly and made such an impression on the world stage with the most unlikely of ingredients. Not only was Tenuta San Guido responsible for an entire area of fine-wine production, but they were the very first to bottle Cabernet Sauvignon and the very first to age it in small oak barrels. It is remarkable to view these decisions in light of the winemaking during that time. With over 250 species of native grapes working in Italy, bringing Cabernet Sauvignon to the Etruscan coast was completely radical! Like the great moments in history often prove, radical turned out to be brilliant.