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LaStella Allegretto Merlot Pie Franco
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LaStella Allegretto Merlot Pie Franco 2016

Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaCanada's best merlot. From east bench Osoyoos' Le Faucon vineyard (ex-Stagg's) and its distinct sandy, white silica soils, this was planted in the early 1990s. The pie franco in the name signals that the vines are planted on their own rootstock (piè franco). Finely textured with plum, thorns, wild blackberry, this has a tight and fine texture, pixellated acidity, and long, svelte tannins. So finessed and elegant you'd be very hard pressed to go to Okanagan (or Canadian) merlot. Fantastic now, and will age beautifully.Tasted: 26 August 2020Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 65.00 winery direct Producer: LaStellaGrape: MerlotCSPC: 430769UPC: 808755011520