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LaStella Espressivo 2017

Canada, British Columbia
93 JG
93 JS
90 GOW
93 WA
LaStella Espressivo 2017
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer LaStella Winery
Vintage 2017
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Cabernet Franc 52%, Cabernet Sauvignon 16%, Merlot 16%, Sangiovese 16%
¥7,700
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer LaStella Winery
Vintage 2017
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Cabernet Franc 52%, Cabernet Sauvignon 16%, Merlot 16%, Sangiovese 16%
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14%
Product Code B022R00317
UPC 808755017102
Inventory In Stock (39)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

2017 Espressivo is comprised of 52% Cabernet Franc, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, and 16% Sangiovese.
While distinctly Okanagan, it can be a ringer in an all Super Tuscan tasting. The large format puncheons and Hungarian/Slavonian oak are evident in the subtle way the oak is present with whispers of baking spice nuances. The fruit profile is dark bramble and currant fruit, married with savoury, herbal and spicy notes. Compared to its sibling Fortissimo, the tannins here are edgier and the wine is more structured yet also more expressive on the nose. We look forward to following the evolution of this wine in the bottle for many years to come.

Pairing

Collard green gnudi with lamb ragu. Rabbit saddle on the grill with Tuscan beans and sauteed lacinato kale is another favourite.

Press
93Wineanorak (Jamie Goode)
This is the winery’s other Tuscan blend, with more Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Merlot and Sangiovese. The velvety tannins give the wine almost a juicy texture, with aromas and flavours of cassis, cherry and blackberry. 
93John Schriener
This is the winery’s other Tuscan blend, with more Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Merlot and Sangiovese. The velvety tannins give the wine almost a juicy texture, with aromas and flavours of cassis, cherry and blackberry.
90Gismondionwine
90pts - Anthony Gismondi gismondionewine.com
93WineAlign
93pts - John Szabo, MS
Production

Appellation

BC VQA Okanagan Valley

Vinification

Espressivo is a Tuscan inspired red blend much like its sibling Fortissimo, except Espressivo is Cabernet (Sauvignon and Franc) dominant while Fortissimo is Merlot dominant. Espressivo is our way of paying respect to the pioneers of Tuscany who challenged the traditions of winemaking in the 50s and 60s to gain recognition for their wines.

17 months in Slavonian and French oak barrels and puncheons. 28% new oaks. Unfined, very lightly coarse filtered.

Production Amount

5604
Producer

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.

Vineyards

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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