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LaStella Maestoso Solo Merlot
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LaStella Maestoso Solo Merlot 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaMaestoso is La Stella's flagship wine, from the beginning, and is treated as such, with prestige treatment from vineyard to sale. 80% comes from high terrace Lumeno Vineyard at La Stella, tempered with 20% from the Golden Mile Bench. This fermented in 1200L open top fermenters before 20 months in Slavonian and French barrique and puncheons (58% new). It was bottled unfined, and coarsely filtered. This is a much bigger, fleshier, plusher style of merlot, though still as pure as ever. Beauty plum, dense blueberry, cassis, with much energy, packed into a compact frame. Tannins are firm, and dense, meant for cellaring. Enjoy now with a decant, or tuck this away for a couple of years, as intended. Powerful merlot.Tasted: 26 August 2020Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 89.99 winery direct, private wine shops Producer: LaStellaGrape: MerlotCSPC: 151274UPC: 808755015184