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LaStella Fortissimo 2016

Canada, British Columbia
93 JG
91 WA
92 WA
92 WA
92 WA
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer LaStella Winery
Vintage 2016
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Merlot 76%, Cabernet Sauvignon 9%, Sangiovese 8%, Cabernet Franc 7%
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer LaStella Winery
Vintage 2016
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Merlot 76%, Cabernet Sauvignon 9%, Sangiovese 8%, Cabernet Franc 7%
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14.3%
Product Code B022R00116
UPC 808755017126
Inventory Very Low Stock (1)
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Tasting notes

Overall the wine has fantastic layers of fruit and savoury flavours. Bing cherry mingles with red and black cherry fruit. Grilled aromatic herbs meet cured tobacco leaves. The Palate is layered and while is still young and morphed into itself, it still offers plenty of pleasure in youth. One built for early drinking or cellaring with a medium+ aging curve ahead.


Veal Osso Bucco or Tuscan Roast Lamb with a rosemary crust.

93Wineanorak (Jamie Goode)
76% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Sangiovese, 7% Cabernet Franc. This has delicious, ripe blackcurrant and black cherry fruit with a seductive sheen to it. Lush and ripe, but with some sour cherry and damson hints in the background. Very stylish and fine-grained with nice texture.
John Szabo, MS.  Fine and fleshy, dark fruit scented, savoury, firm, drinkable, with fine acids, succulent and juicy. Plenty of dark cherry fruit, damson plums, black raspberry and more, with really nicely integrated wood influence. A balanced, savoury, essence, with very good to excellent length. Tasted August 2018.
David Lawrason.  Fortissimo is based on merlot (76%) with smaller portions of cabernet sauvignon, sangiovese and cabernet franc. It has a quite lovely lifted, complex and savoury nose of fresh herbs/straw, cedar and spice around currant fruit. It is quite full bodied and powerful (14.3%) yet manages some mid-palate finesse as well, which I attribute to the vintage and inclusion of the cab franc and sangiovese. It is nicely focused, balanced and interesting with that dusty, herbal note carrying well. The length is very good to excellent. Best in another year or three.
DJ Kearney. Fortissimo is such an epic expression of south Okanagan Merlot. The nose simply detonates with ripe plum, fruitcake, floral perfume, and distinct herbal fragrance. I really admire how the rich flavours unfold – first with black cherry, then juicy raspberry, then dark chocolate, and finally a truly Italiante walnut skin bitterness to add a pleasant nip to the long finish. Potent yet juicy, with old world earthy vinosity, I swear you can really sense the 8% Sangiovese that kicks up 76% Merlot. 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 7% Franc. Do deploy at the dinner table with roast lamb or pancetta-wrapped pork roast. Tasted blind at NWAC June 2018.
92pts - DJ Kearney, Wine Align 92pts - David Lawrason, Wine Align
Reviews & Ratings

Gold ‐ Wine Align National Wine Awards



BC VQA Okanagan Valley


  • Grown: South Okanagan
  • Vineyard: Various
  • Age of Vines: Varied. Most in their late teens
  • Yield: 3.6 tons/acre


14 months in French and Slavonian oak Barrels, Puncheons and botti. 10 % new, 16% second fill, rest in neutral oak.

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Producer Description

LaStella is Situated at Osoyoos Lake in the sunny South Okanagan valley of beautiful British Columbia. Theirr vineyards produce great fruit that are crafted into such proprietary wines as Allegretto, Vivace and Maestoso. Each wine has its own story and to convey these unique stories they name their wines after Italian musical notes.


The best wines come from the best vineyard sites; this is “terroir.” The Okanagan Valley happens to be one of the best wine regions anywhere with its unique climate and variety of latitudes and soils.  Lastella is able to reflect the best distinct terroirs around the south Okangan, having aquired some of the best vineyards over more than a decade of exploration.

Severine Pinte - Winemaker & Viticulturist, Managing Partner

Severine Pinte came to LaStella n in 2010 with 14 harvests of international wine making experience under her belt along with 8 years of vineyard management. Severine is a graduate of the illustrious ENSAM (Ecole National Superior Agronomic of Montpellier) where she acquired her Masters in viticulture and oenology, and her National Diploma of Oenology. After leaving ENSAM she apprenticed at the Cave de Tecou in the AOC Gaillac before coming for the first time to British Columbia to work for Domaine de Chaberton as an assistant winemaker. In 1999 she returned to France and worked a year in Bordeaux under the direction of Andre Lurton in Pessac-Leognan then returned to the Languedoc. For nine years Severine was head winemaker and viticultural council for ‘Le Vignoble des 2 terres’ in the Terrasse du Larzac terroir.

In the winter of 2003 she took leave for harvest at Frankland Estate winery in Western Australia and enjoyed learning a different take on her beloved Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux originated varieties. Curiosity and the pursuit of new challenges brought Severine to the Okanagan and she brought with her an astute understanding of wine and terroir. Her favorite quote is from Jean Hugel: “100% of the quality of a true wine is already in the grapes, not in the cellars where you can only lose quality.”

For her, the Okanagan, with its unique terroir and cool climate, has always been intriguing and she strive every year to craft world class wines in the South Okanagan.

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