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LaStella Espressivotext
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16½/20

LaStella Espressivo 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaEspressivo's name evokes a link to Tuscany's rich reds known by their Super Tuscan moniker. It's just what winemaker Severine Pinte is after with this southern BC red blend, mixing 52% cabernet franc, 16% cabernet sauvignon, 16% merlot, and 16% sangiovese that spends 17 months in Slavonian and French oak barrels and puncheons (28% of the wood is new). The latest 2017 release is dark, fleshy and wild, with ample wood spicing and a leathery, earthy base for cassis, bitter black cherry, espresso and cracked peppercorns. Tannins are sinewy and firm, carrying this bigger wine to a warming, spiced finish. Take this Super Tuscan BC red decanted, with grilled red meats or an autumnal vegetable roast, or lay it away through 2025 in the cellar.Tasted: 25 June 2020Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 49.99 winery online/direct, winery club members Producer: LaStellaDistributors: Winery Direct
Blend: Cabernet Franc - Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot - SangioveseUPC: 808755017102