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LaStella La Sophia Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Canada, British Columbia
96 JS
LaStella La Sophia Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer LaStella Winery
Vintage 2016
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Cabernet Sauvignon
¥17,600
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer LaStella Winery
Vintage 2016
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Cabernet Sauvignon
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 15%
Product Code B022R00416
UPC 808755017171
Inventory Very Low Stock (6)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

2016 La Sophia is hailing from a very structured vintage and is best left in your cellar for the mid term. None of the “green mean leafy” notes from underripe or overcropped Cabernet is found here. The colour is deep purple and opaque. La Sophia presents a great nose of cassis and elderberry mingling with cigar box, dusty pottery studio notes, dry sauna, grilled Anaheim peppers and cured tobacco leaves. Whispers of aromatic herbs like rosemary and thyme weave in and out. On the palate, there is great weight, firm and chewy tannins with a balanced natural acidity. Decant for an extended time or keep your hands off and let this jewel of a Cabernet slumber in the cellar for at least a few years. A monumental Cab.

Pairing

The tannins are firmer and the acidity is higher than our Merlots. As a result the wine benefits from pairing with fattier cuts of meat and dishes that are higher in acidity. Herb crusted rack of lamb is a winning pairing.

Press
96John Schriener
John Schreiner This wine is an incredible powerhouse, with very concentrated flavours and texture. It was aged in barrel for 31 months simply to tame the wine. There are flavours of black currant, dark chocolate, fig, prune and licorice.
Production

Appellation

BC VQA Okanagan Valley

Viticulture

  • Grown: 100% North Oliver (extension of Black Sage Bench)
  • Vineyard: U2
  • Soil Type: Glacio fluvial fan, Silt and gravel mix/alluvial deposit and sand. The site’s geology is very complex and varies from row to row
  • Age of Vines: Mostly 30+ year old vines. Some of the vines are from the late 70s and 80s
  • Yield: average of 3.1 tons/acre

Vinification

We celebrate the fact that we make wine in a region where vintage variations play an important role. Atypical growing seasons are a nightmare for commercial wineries interested in making consistent but boring wines. For us, however, it defines our interest in wine. We look forward to seeing what Mother Nature gives us to work with each year. It is the effects of each vintage on the finished wine that urges us to start verticals of our favorite wines then follow their evolution and discuss their merits at tastings with friends.

Production Amount

1200
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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