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LaStella Maestoso Solo Merlot
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LaStella Maestoso Solo Merlot 2015

Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaMaestoso is La Stella's flagship wine, and no moment is spared in its creation. This year pinnacle merlot is a blend of 82% Lumeno Vineyard in Osoyoos Lake District, plus 18 percent from La Feuille d'Or on the Golden Mile, and from vines 18-23 years old. The wine built structure through 18 months in French oak, one third of which is new. It was bottled unfined and lightly filtered. Do decant now to allow this big wine time to breathe. Dusky black plum, cassis, tobacco, anise is threaded with peppery spice and warming smoke, and housed with grippy tannins. There's a dark medicinal cherry that warms the finish. This serious red seeks cellaring. I'll revisit in five years time.Tasted: 15 August 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 89.99 winery direct, private wine shops Producer: LaStellaDistributors: Winery Direct
Grape: MerlotCSPC: 151274UPC: 808755015184