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LaStella Allegretto Merlot Pie Francotext
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LaStella Allegretto Merlot Pie Franco 2017

Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaOver the years this has been my favourite Canadian merlot, by some distance, and it holds its title again with 2017. From east bench Osoyoos' Le Faucon vineyard 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). Perfumed black plums, wild blackberry, thorns rule the youthful palate, gripped by structural tannins, yet imbued with an inherent finesse that runs the long length of the full palate to a firm finish. Very much in youth, this benefits from advance opening / decanting now, but will certainly reward with cellaring.Tasted: 11 January 2021Tasted by: Prices: BC 65.00 winery direct Producer: LaStellaDistributors: Winery Direct
Grape: MerlotCSPC: 430769UPC: 808755011520